Summary: Palm Sunday message. "My house shall be called a house of prayer!"
Title: How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Gospel Idea; Jesus is our king who rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and conquers kingdoms by dying on the cross.
Luke 19: 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, `Why are you untying it?' tell him, `The Lord needs it.' "
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34 They replied, "The Lord needs it." 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 40 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 "It is written," he said to them, " `My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it `a den of robbers.' "
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
"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 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. Its kitchen was actually the command center for the Chief of Allied Forces during World War I.
As for the royal Coach¡ there are two 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.