Summary: Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the day known as the triumphal entry, the day that Jerusalem recognized Jesus for who He was and is. It was a day filled with excitement. It was a day that the people gathered along the roadside to welcome Jesus. Le
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It's All About JESUS!
Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the day known as the triumphal entry, the day that Jerusalem recognized Jesus for who He was and is. It was a day filled with excitement. It was a day that the people gathered along the roadside to welcome Jesus. Let's read the account of this triumphal entry that is recoreded in Matthews gospel, it is in chapter 21 starting at verse 1...
"1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
We know what will happen less than a week later, but for today, it's all about Jesus! I want you to flip to another place in your Bibles. Go to Acts 2:42.... Remember we have been looking at the early church and the fact that it was a healthy church! Let's read again verse 42..."42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." I know you're probably wondering what this has to do with Palm Sunday, so I'm going to give you the answer. The answer is JESUS! Ready? On the day of the triumphal entry, the people shouted Hosanna! which means save now. First question, who were they shouting to? JESUS! They also referred to this one that they cried to as "the Son of David". Who is the Son of David? JESUS! They cried "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord" To whom were they referring? JESUS! John's gospel account in chapter one says " 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Who is the Word?)
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Who made everything?)
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (Who is the light?)
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Who is He?)
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Who?)
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (Oh, there's the answer,JESUS!!!)