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Summary: Palm Sunday

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"How Will You Welcome The King?"

At this time every year we celebrate "Palm Sunday" in churches all over the

world. Most of the time our celebrations vary little - children process

down the aisle waving palm branches, we sing songs of praise to the King who

has come, and the preacher speaks for a few minutes about Jesus' triumphal

entry into Jerusalem. It is a festive day of celebration for the people who

gather at the church, but I have to be honest with you - it's tough on

preachers. You may be wondering, "How so?" Well, let me explain to you if

you will allow me. If a preacher stays at a church any more than a couple of

years then the preacher has to work, struggle, and pray for something fresh

to say about the story of Jesus' riding into town. There are only so many

ways that you can tell the same story over and over and over again.

I have been here for more than a few years now and each year Palm Sunday

becomes more difficult for me to come up with a "new" sermon. There is that

old temptation of pulling something out that I've already done before, but I

reject that option as nothing more than laziness. This week I've gone back

to the wisdom spoken to me by my pastor, Dr. David Darnell, many years ago

when he said, "Mike, be humble before God's Word and He will speak to you.

As I have tried to do that this week I had the most exciting thought that

I've had in some time. This morning instead of just telling you the story I

want us to take each of the four Gospels that records the story of Jesus

triumphal entry into Jerusalem and look at them together.

I have to tell you as we begin our study that Palm Sunday was much more

than simply a festive celebration for Jesus. The day was filled with all

kinds of emotional experiences for Jesus. On Palm Sunday Jesus experienced

joy, conflict, anger, and heartbreak all before He laid down His head to go

to sleep at the end of the day.

Let's get busy taking a look at our Scriptures for the day. The triumphal

entry of Jesus is recorded in every one of the four Gospels in our Bible.

Turn to Matthew 21:1-17 and let's begin.

1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,

Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you,

and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie

them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that

the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away." 4This took place to

fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 "Say to the Daughter of Zion,

'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the

foal of a donkey.'" 6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed

them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them,

and Jesus sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,

while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The

crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to

the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"


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