Summary: The story of the Bible is the greatest of all stories. It is the story of Christ and His entering into the struggle of humanity in order to rescue his fallen creation. The great story of Christ permeates all of Scripture including every individual scene.
A great story is held together by a great plot
One overarching theme, which binds every scene together
Compelling lead character – a dangerous dilemma involving
loss of certain order, the lead characters attempt to solve the problem and restore order, a villain, a companion or companions, interesting side characters, plot twists, a climax, and finally resolution of the problem, or order regained
Most great stories include them. From Shakespeare, to Tolkien, to Jane Austin even to Hollywood -- these great narrative elements can be found
Every great story is a collection of many great scenes woven together into one great overarching plot. One great scene in and of itself cannot convey the entirety of the story, but one great story is made up of many great scenes.
The story of the Bible is the greatest of all stories. It is the story of Christ and His entering into the struggle of humanity in order to rescue his fallen creation. The great story of Christ permeates all of Scripture including every individual scene. This morning we are selecting the scene of Christ’s Triumphal Entry.
The Triumphal Entry is one great scene in the great story involving many great story elements. Not only do great stories involve great plots and great scenes, but also great detailed elements. Great story details can be surprising, which only adds to sweetness of the story. As we consider the Triumphal Entry this morning, let’s do so by considering three sweet details of the scene. And we want to pay particular attention to how these important details point us to the larger and greater story into which they fit.
I. Jesus enters Jerusalem (v.1)
Since 16:21 movement of story has been towards Jerusalem
Jesus is aware how his life will end – but he knows the story does not end with his death. He foretold that he would even rise from the grave
So what was his mission?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Restoring our relationship to God and to each other
Jesus knew his mission and was keen to see it through
Do we know our mission?
Our mission is the mission of our father in heaven
Same mission as Jesus – hopefully our mission will not lead us to the cross
Vision – Mission – Values – Purpose
II. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey (vv.2-7)
disciples – borrow a donkey (?) from a disciple
“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. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
A borrowed donkey for the great story?
We know that God can and does use donkeys at times for His purposes. Numbers 22: the Lord opened the mouth of Balaam’s donkey after he had struck it three times and through the donkey the prophet was rebuked.