Summary: We are much too fickle with our commitment to Jesus.
HOSANNA or CRUCIFY HIM
April 13, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We are much too fickle with our commitment to Jesus.
Supplemental Passage: "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)
Introduction: This morning, I heard my dog yelp from the backyard. He was playing with a squirrel and the squirrel must have nipped him or scratched him. The squirrel did not see it as playing, but saw it as a life and death struggle. The dog would bite at it and bark at it, but didn’t kill it. They were literally running around in circles. Sin is like the squirrel and we are like the dog. We should never play with our sin. We either need to kill it or leave it alone, because, if we don’t, it’s gonna end up hurting us.
Hosanna = Save us! We beseech you!
I. Hosanna with our lips
a. The people joyously welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as the Messiah
b. We joyously welcome Jesus into our hearts as Savior
II. Crucify Him with our actions
a. The people weren’t expecting Jesus to have a Heavenly/spiritual kingdom
b. We don’t expect Jesus to actually be the “LORD OF OUR LIVES” and live our lives as if it is our own
III. Be solid with your commitment
a. Between the Entry and the Crucifixion, Peter denied Jesus, too
i. But Peter said to Him, "Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away." Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." (Matthew 26:33-34)
ii. Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:74-75)
b. Jesus desires to have a proper relationship with Him, which includes Him being the master
Application/Invitation: Confess your rebellion and recommit yourself to Jesus’ Lordship.