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Summary: Jesus is a celebrity to the fanciful and a life-changer to the faithful.

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Palm Sunday

Title: Celebrity Jesus

Text: Matthew 21:1-11

Thesis: Jesus is a celebrity to the fanciful and a life-changer to the faithful.

Lenten Series: Reflecting, Repenting and Returning to God

The Lenten Season is a time for reflection, repenting of our sin and returning to God.

Introduction

When the President of the United States goes somewhere it is no small undertaking.

Months, weeks and days before his departure secret service and other local authorities are on site preparing for the President’s arrival. They attend to every detail, everything from interviewing those who will be close to the President to analyzing and selecting primary and secondary routes. No stone is left unturned and no detail escapes their scrutiny.

Before the President leaves, massive cargo planes will fly from Andrews Air Force Base to the anticipated destination transporting two identical Presidential limousines (a primary and a decoy), a fully stocked ambulance, and all the other vehicles necessary for the motorcade. Sometimes a Marine One helicopter is included in the cargo.

On the day the President leaves, Marine One, the white-topped VH-3D helicopter will land on the White House lawn. The President will be flow to Andrews Air Force Base where he will board one of the Air Force Ones designated for Presidential travel. The Air Force One plane is a Boeing VC-25 which is the military version of the Boeing 747. Sometimes both Air Force One planes are flown… one for back-up.

Air Force One has been refitted to accommodate the President and those who travel with him. The front section is called the flying White House and there are travel accommodations for the 70 – 100 who will accompany the President. There is a fully stocked pharmacy, an x-ray machine, a fold-down operating room table and a full-time surgeon. Two galleys accommodate five chefs who can prepare meals for seatings of 100.

Once when Jesus was going somewhere, he sent two of his disciples ahead, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you and at once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me.” And the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They placed their cloaks on the donkeys and Jesus sat on them.

And that’s how our King landed in Jerusalem on the day we call Palm Sunday… the beginning of Holy Week.

I. Jesus’ Claim to Be King

“Say to the daughters of Zion, ‘See your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:1-7

Jesus had been busy. Leading up to our story today, in the narrative of John 10 and 11 Jesus had raised the ire of the Jewish people in Jerusalem. They had attempted to pin him down as to whether he was the Messiah or not and then he told them that the miracles he had done speak for themselves and if they were not convinced by that… then they were not his. He went on to say, “I and the Father are one.”

So they had picked up stones to stone him, accusing him of the blasphemy of claiming to be God. But when they tried to nab him he escaped and followed the road that went over the Mt. of Olives, through the village of Bethany and on down through Jericho and across the Jordan River.


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