Summary: Passover was/is a key feast to the Jewish people. The days preceding the feast were significant as well. Preparations had to be made, including the selection of the lamb to be sacrificed. Jesus' triumphal entrance into Jerusalem was actually a display of
1. Henry Morrison Returning Home
Henry C. Morrison was a great missionary who served the Lord in Africa for over 40 years. On the way back to United States, he began to wonder “will anyone remember us? Will anyone recall who we are? Will anyone meet us at the boat?” Well, unknown to Henry Morrison and his wife, Teddy Roosevelt, President of U.S., was also on board that ship. He had gone to Africa for a hunting trip
When ship pulled into New York harbor he looked to see if anyone had come to welcome them back home. Thousands of people were there cheering. Bands were playing. There were signs, banners, and billboards everywhere saying, “Welcome Home”.
Henry and his wife were so excited about the crowds of people that were there to welcome them home and they went down to get their luggage, came back to the deck of the ship to get off and they realized that the parade of people were already gone. They had come to welcome Teddy Roosevelt.
Henry Morrison went to his hotel room with a heavy heart. As he sat there on the bed, he asked his wife, “Honey, I just don’t get it…for 40 years we poured our lives into ministry and service. And yet we come back to America and not a single soul comes to welcome us home!” His wife came and sat down next to her husband, she put her hand on his shoulder, and comforted him with words that he would never forget, “Henry, you have forgotten something, you’re not home yet!”
2. Parades – Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade; Bowl Games; Ticker Tape
3. A Parade for Yeshua (Jesus) – John 12.12-15
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!”
4. Palm Sunday – One Week Before Easter – resurrection celebration
5. This Day was more than Yeshua’s (Jesus’) journey into Jerusalem and even more than the cross; it included:
I. Emotional Connections
A. Don’t Forget the Emotions of Yeshua (Jesus)
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
2. Anger – Luke 19.45-46
45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
3. Excitement – Zacchaeus – Luke 19.9
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
“I am with you” takes on a new connotation – feels what we feel; walks where we walk – rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep.
B. The Passover Story Employs Emotions
1. Emotional Events surrounding the Passover (Pesach)
Rollercoaster of emotions – slavery and freedom; dealings with Pharaoh; plagues; death of firstborn
2. The Lamb – Exodus 12.1-6
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.