Summary: Here’s a Palm Sunday message using characters in the Bible’s account of that day to teach us how we should be serving the Lord.


MATTHEW 21:1-11

[1] And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

[2] Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

[3] And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

[4] All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

[5] Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

[6] And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

[7] And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

[8] And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

[9] And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

[10] And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

[11] And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that donkey…

He fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.

Those prophecies about the Messiah emphasize 2 different characteristics.

#1 He is seen as a king and ruler.

Isaiah 9:7: "of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord almighty will accomplish this."

#2 He is seen as a servant.

Isaiah 53:3: "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not."

Both prophecies refer to Jesus Christ.

He was first a suffering servant.

Later, He became the exalted king.

Throughout His ministry people either tried to make Jesus suffer…

or tried to make Him king.

In the Bible text for today

there is an odd blend of humility as He rides in on the donkey

and exaltation as He is given honor.

He came into Jerusalem to become the suffering servant.

But Jesus was exalted as king by those who loved him.

There are 3 types of people giving Jesus honor in the text.

Let’s consider them and follow their examples.

Point #1


Verses 2, 6:

2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

Jesus gave an order and "the disciples went!

And they did as Jesus commanded them!"

That is a characteristic of real followers of Jesus.

They listen…they trust…and they OBEY!

Remember when Jesus was at the wedding feast at Cana?

They ran out of wine.

What did His mother, Mary, say to those in charge?

Listen to John 2:5:

"What ever He says to you, do it."

That’s a good verse for us to remember!

Remember when Peter had fished all night and caught nothing>

Jesus to Peter to put out to deep water and cast out the nets.

Remember what Peter said?

Luke 5:5.

"Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets."

It may not make sense to you, but if Jesus commands it, do it!


During Monday night’s work session here….

Sister Evalyn was telling us about disobeying her Mom and Dad.

She says she got lots of whippings. (Can you believe that?)

Evalyn was expected to obey her parents.

Likewise, Obedient followers do not just do as they think is logical.

They don’t do what they think is easiest, or best.

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said:

"Not everyone who says to Me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.".

So what did the disciples do?

Did they go get just any old donkey they might find?

Did they say, "The guy may not want us to take his donkey!

Did they say, “Hey, we might get arrested for stealing a donkey!"

Did they say, “We’ll go do it when we have time!”

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