Summary: This sermon looks at the lyrics of Don Moen's song, "God Will Make A Way," and the power of God's unconditional love through His word that they portray.
God Will Make A Way
Today we celebrate what is known as Palm Sunday. This was the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey just as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9 NKJV)
Jesus came into Jerusalem that day in humility to show us the way, a way he took, the way of the cross.
Now, this is not something I normally do, but when a song has such power to portray the message of God’s word of His unconditional love, it needs to be brought forth so it can make a difference in everyone’s life.
And so today on Palm Sunday, I’d like to share with you this incredible message of God’s love and the way Jesus took to show us the way, as He Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)
God has made a way, and He will continue to make a way. God will do something new in all of our hearts and lives. This message of God making a way is found throughout the Bible. In fact, it’s an ongoing story even today.
We see God making a way through Noah.
Humanity spurned God’s love and did great evil. They flaunted their freedom in the face of God, which is not so much different than what we see happening in the world today.
Though Noah God made a way for humanity not to get completely wiped off the face of the earth because of their great evil. Noah remained faithful to God by keeping himself separated from the world’s wickedness, which caused God so much grief.
The reason I say this is because God made humanity special. He created humanity in His image and according to His likeness, Genesis 1:27. God did this so that He could have a special relationship with us. You could say that this image and likeness God created us in is relational.
But sin entered the picture back with Adam and Eve, and because of it God removed them from the Garden of Eden and no longer took daily walks with them. And what is really sad is that sin has now become a part of humanity’s DNA, and we no longer have that close and personal relationship with God.
At the time of Noah, sin and wickedness had gotten so bad and so out of control that God’s heart was grieved. Humanity spoiled beyond recognition what God had created as being good and special.
So, God brought down His judgment. He was going to wash away what had become polluted, but not without first making a way for His creation to survive.
God made a way of escape from His judgment through Noah and the Ark God instructed him to build. God made a way through the great flood and delivered humanity.
God also made a way for Abraham and His decedents, the Jews.
Abraham was a Gentile, as was everyone at that time. The difference is that Abraham believed in God, that is, the one true God, not one of the many other gods humanity believed in. God counted this faith to Abraham’s credit calling him righteous, Romans 4:3.
God, therefore, led Abraham out of his country and away from his family and the negative influences of those around him, and into the land of promise for both he and his decedents.
But Abraham blew it. He forgot God’s promises and what God said and found himself in several compromising situations. Fearing for his life, Abraham devised a plan with Sarah, his wife, to refer to her as his sister instead, not once but twice. But in both cases God made a way to protect them from their deception.
God also made a way where there seemed to be no way for Abraham and Sarah to have a child when they were both well past their ability to have children.
Of Abraham, the Apostle Paul said, “Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’” (Romans 4:18 NKJV)
Abraham maintained hope when all seemed hopeless, and that’s because He believed. He knew that since God made the promise He was going to keep it. Paul goes on to say that Abraham’s faith never waivered through unbelief, but rather his faith grew strong. Seeing his faith, God made a way and Isaac was born, and the Jewish nation began.
God has always made a way.