Summary: This sermon is based on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and addresses the question of cleansing the church and cleansing our hearts as he comes to us.
"How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Gospel Idea; A king who rides a donkey and conquers on a cross!
Luke 19: 28
Gospel truth: My house shall be a House of Prayer.and a house of worship!
Situation: King Jesus is coming to town...on a Donkey?
Have you ever seen a coronation? The queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on June 2, 1953 (59 Years ago). Too long ago for most of us to remember.Did you know that the Queen's main residence, Buckingham Palace boasts 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms.
But many of us remember the pageantry of the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.and now another prince, William, son of Diana and Charles and future King of England is about to be married on April 29th to Kate Middleton..England is all a flutter. Kate's dress (surprise) and her ring (Val has a replica!-see her after service) are drawing much attention.
The handsome prince is no slouch either. Harry is the best man.The wedding will occur at Westminster Abbey.there will be Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the Wedding Service of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29th.
During the ceremony at the 1000 year old Westminster Abbey .Trumpeters from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will accolade Prince William and Catherine Middleton once they have signed the register making them husband and wife. William and Kate plan to take over London's exclusive Goring Hotel for their reception. The 100-year-old hotel is intimate, luxurious and private, and has its own royal pedigree: During the queen's coronation, many of the royal families of Europe stayed at the Goring.
kitchen was actually the command center for the Chief of Allied Forces during World War I.
As for the royal Coach..there are tow options one for rainy weather, the Glass Coach built in 1881, will be used and if the sun is shining, the open roof 1902 State Landau carriage . No detail is left to chance.
Now contrast this with Jesus coronation in Jerusalem also known as Palm Sunday.
Read text here: Luke 19: 28ff
As Luke recounts the arrival of Jesus for his coronation.Jesus rides not in a royal limo or coach but on a humble colt--- or donkey. The Donkey of course is a humble "beast of burden" and as this donkey carries Jesus, Jesus may have been feeling extra heavy because he is entering Jerusalem to die on the cross., bearing the weight of the world and all of its sins.
to mention its hopes and dreams for freedom. This particular donkey is a "virgin donkey" .never having been ridden upon.symbolizing the innocence of
Jesus-- the man who has never sinned.
The ride begins on the Mt of Olives---which according to the prophet Zechariah has heavy eschatological significance ( I love that word ---simply put it refers to the second coming of Christ).Jesus mounts the donkey on the Mt of Olives in a gesture pregnant with meaning and foreshadowing.listen to these dramatic words from Zech 14:1ff.1 A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. 2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.