Summary: This Palm Sunday sermon deals with the example Jesus leaves for us through His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Let’s Be More Like Jesus
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.' " 32So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing the colt?" 34And they said, "The Lord has need of him." 35Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. 37Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38saying: "'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" 39And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." 40But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."
We will resume our look at Revelation in 2 weeks.
Today is Palm Sunday.
This day is the day of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
I’ve been preaching for over 25 years.
Each year, I try to look at the Palm Sunday story
and come up with something I haven’t preached before.
Today we will look at the background for Palm Sunday
and then see how we can be more like Jesus.
Point #1. Extremely religious people can get out of touch with God.
Just a few days before the events of this Sunday
John chapter 11 says Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead.
Open your Bibles to John 11:45
45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation."
Now look at Verse 53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
Jump down to Verse 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.
These Jewish religious leaders believed Jesus had to die.
Here’s what amazes me.
Of all the people who welcomed Jesus that day,
the religious leaders should have been the most enthusiastic.
Those guys studied the Scriptures!
They knew the prophecies of God.
They knew what Zechariah 9:9 said,
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
How could those religious leaders miss that?
I submit to you that there are many church people like them today.
They have listened to numerous sermons each Sunday.
They have Bibles and occasionally read from them.
They know what some of the verses say.
However, they know just enough scripture to be dangerous!
Instead of being happy to see Jesus coming,
the religious leaders began to look for ways to put Him to death.
Not only that, they wanted to get rid of Lazarus.
Look at John 12: 9-11
9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
These religious leaders were out of touch with God.
They were selfishly thinking only of themselves.
To make matters even more hard to understand,
the Jews didn’t sing hymns like we sing today.
They sang the words we find in the Book of Psalms.