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Summary: This Palm Sunday message examines what Jesus experienced.

"HOW QUICKLY PEOPLE CAN TURN ON US!"

JOHN 19:23-30

[23] Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

[24] They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

[25] Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

[27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

[28] After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. [29] Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

[30] When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

This is Palm Sunday.

This is the Sunday we remember the entry of Jesus Christ...

into the city of Jersusalem.

The Bible tells us that Jesus received a big welcome.

A big crowd showed up...

and they were happy to see Jesus.

They cheered and shouted.

Hosanna! Hosanna!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Next Sunday when we meet here again...

we will celebrate Easter.

That will be the day we remember...

the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

But we can’t get from a Palm Sunday celebration...

to an Easter Sunday resurrection celebration...

without something in between.

Today...we will examine the death of Jesus Christ...

on a cross at Golgotha Hill outside the gates of Jerusalem.

But before we get into that story...

I’d like to tell you the story of Sara Mason.

Sara was the oldest child in her family.

Her mother was very sick and confined to a bed.

Her father was gone most of the time...

trying to make a living in the coal mines.

So 12 year old Sara Mason was given the responsibility

of taking care of her ailing mother,

and feeding and washing the clothes

for her hard working father,

and her 7 younger brothers and sisters.

She spent all of her time caring for the household.

Eventually, her mother died.

And Sara kept on caring for her grieving father

and 7 motherless brothers and sisters.

Friends, Sara Mason gave her life to caring for her family.

She loved them....and she showed it.

Sara Mason reminds us of the Lord Jesus.

He loves us beyond our ability to understand.

POINT #1

WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE CROSS

HE SHOWED US HIS LOVE:

Listen to the message of God’s love to you:

JOHN 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 15:13

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

Romans 5:8

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

He prayed for His offenders

instead of calling legions of angels to slay them:

He said, Luke 23:34

"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."

People say "I love you!" in clever or unique ways:

A young man had it printed out in a field with potted flowers

and flew his girlfriend over the field in an airplane

so she could read the words "I love you!" in red flowers

against a green background.

A boy home from the army had himself gift-wrapped

to surprise his girlfriend at her birthday party.

A woman wrote, "I love you!" in lipstick

on the bathroom mirror

so her husband would see it while shaving.

A little first grade girl gave her daddy a rock

which she had painted with, "I love you!" on it.

That rock still sits on his desk

though that little girl is a grown woman

with children of her own.

Jeremy when he was a little boy used to say,

"Daddy, I love you this much!"

(Spread out your arms)

Those are wonderful expressions.

Jesus said, "I love you this much!"

And He spread His arms on the cross and died.

Love gives and gives

without putting a price...or limit...or condition on it!

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