Summary: Here's a sermon for Palm Sunday with a unique opening.
NOT THE LONE RANGER, BUT THE LONE SAVIOR!
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
3And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."
4All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5"Tell the daughter of Zion,
'Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.' "
6So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
7They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set
Him on them.
8And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut
down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out,
saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David!
'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'
Hosanna in the highest!"
10And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying,
"Who is this?"
11So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of
When I was a little boy, the Lone Ranger was my hero!
I had an autographed picture of him.
I had a Lone Ranger cowboy suit that I wore.
I had a Lone Ranger holster and cap guns.
I watched the Lone Ranger programs on television.
I loved the opening of the Lone Ranger TV programs.
In his entrance,
he came riding up the mountain on Silver, the white stallion.
With the William Tell Overture playing,
Silver would rear up and the Lone Ranger program would begin.
So bear with me for just a moment...
As I apply that to the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.
A LONE RANGER ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM
It was Palm Sunday and Jesus was coming into Jerusalem.
He was riding on a blazing white stallion
and kicking up a cloud of dust as he rode along.
He was looking for trouble.
The people that he passed on his way
were in awe of such a beautiful animal
but they were even more awestruck by the man who was riding it.
As Jesus passed by, you could hear the people say,
"Who was that masked man?"
There were bad guys on the loose
and Jesus had a job to do.
As he rode into Jerusalem
he quickly sized up the situation
and formed a plan to capture the leader of the trouble makers,
his name was Diablo or Satan.
There was a short scuffle
and Jesus won handily over Diablo.
He hog-tied the devil and threw him in jail.
As a large crowd of people gathered
to see what the commotion was all about,
Jesus mounted his horse and pulled on the reigns.
The stallion stood on its hind legs,
nayed loudly, and pawed the air with its front legs.
When it stood as tall as it could stand,
Jesus leaned forward in the saddle.
Holding the reigns with one hand
while lifting his white hat in the air with the other,
He shouted with a loud voice, "Hi ho Stallion, and away!"
As Jesus road off into the sunset,
you could hear the William Tell Overture in the background.
Du du dunt. Du du dunt.
Du du dunt dunt dunt.
Of course that is not how it happened,
but that is how most of us would have done it
if we were Jesus.
Notice how the Jesus of the Bible did it.
Point #1 Jesus did not come to be The Lone Ranger, but to be the Lone Savior.
Acts 4:12 says:
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Allah of the Islam faith cannot save you!
Joseph Smith of the Mormon faith can't save you!
The Watchtower of the Jehovah Witness faith can't save you!
Jesus is, indeed, the Lone Savior!
Jesus came to save sinners!
On the day of Jesus' birth, the angel proclaimed:
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Jesus said later in John 5:30
...I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament prophesies
of the Messiah's first coming.
With these 2 purposes, Jesus prepared to go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:51 says, Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.