Summary: A Palm Sunday message.
AM Sermon preached at Central Christian Church April 5, 2009
Palm Sunday Message “5 Challenges from the “Un”parade”
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Imagine this scene unfolding at a car dealership---the General Manager of the dealership who has just signed off on several new cars that have just been unloaded from a transport semi has returned to his office to make a few phone calls---before he even gets the first call made he sees a couple of scruffy looking men eyeballing, walking around and pointing at one of the new cars and then opening its doors and climbing inside---he’s pleased to see that Jim, his best salesmen, wastes no time in approaching and then talking to the two men---as he reaches for his phone to make a call---he sees his salesman waving for him to come out while at the same time the two men move back and forth from pointing at the car to pointing at the palm of their hands---as he quickly heads out the door to learn what’s going on he shouts to one of the others in the dealership---it looks like we’ve got a situation on our hands---if at any point you see me take my handkerchief out of my pocket and wipe my forehead with it call the cops--- with that pushes open the door, puts on a fake smile and nervously asks “Jim will you please tell me what you think we can do to make these men happy?” His salesman says “They want the keys to this car.” “Oh, I see they want to test drive this new car.” the manager says. He turns towards the two and explains “Well men you picked a good one that’s for sure but unfortunately I can’t let you test drive it until it’s been checked in and inspected by the maintenance department. I can put a rush on it and we can let you test drive it in say two hours?” The two men shake their heads and in unison say “We don’t need to test drive it. We know this is the car we’re supposed to get.” One of them points to his palm and says “Yeah this is the one for us. May we have the keys please?” The manager says “You’re that sure?” “Yes” they reply “We’re sure. We’d like this car.” “Wow. Well then okay. Take these two men inside Jim and introduce them to Tom in finance and let’s see what kind of deal we can work up for them.” Jim speaks up “No boss you’d don’t understand---they don’t want test drive or buy the car---they want us to give it to them.” “What, give it to them?” he shouts as he pulls his handkerchief from his pocket. And then before he can put it to his head one of the two men announces “Well it’s not really for us---the Lord needs it.” The manager quickly stuffs his handkerchief back into his pocket and says “Oh---the Lord needs it---well that changes everything. Jim hurry up now and go get the keys to the car and these men. The Lord needs this car.” I know what most of you are thinking---you’re thinking “yeah right---like that would ever happen.” You’re thinking you’re not sure what’s crazier--- two men asking a car dealer to simply hand over the keys to a new car because the Lord needs it---or a car dealer giving them the keys. That’s what most of you are thinking---though it wouldn’t surprise me if a few of you possessors of over active imaginations are thinking to yourselves--- “hmmm…do you think? Would that work for me? I wonder? Nah.”