Summary: A lot of people were there that day. Some predict that 100,000 to 200,000 people were in Jerusalem due to the national holiday of the Passover Feast. Centered in the crowd is an active, hectic, back and forth scene. If you want drama, you’ve got it. Par
Good morning. I want to welcome you all to Sunman Community Church, an all-volunteer, community-oriented, student and youth-friendly, seeker-aware, outward-focused church that has a vision to see you go further than you personally have ever gone before with the Savior. To prepare you for this next step, allow me a few moments to present our sermonic theme for today.
Opening Statement: A lot of people were there that day. Some predict that 100,000 to 200,000 people were in Jerusalem due to the national holiday of the Passover Feast. Centered in the crowd is an active, hectic, back and forth scene. If you want drama, you’ve got it. Part planning, part spontaneity. Full support for Jesus. And unabashed opposition. Great joy. And tears of sorrow. Coats are spread for an improvised red carpet treatment. Even though Luke doesn’t mention it, Matthew and Mark tell us that some people also went into the fields to cut branches, which they laid on the ground, and which some waved. John tells us that they were palm branches, which is where we get the name for this particular Sunday. At first, the passage feels like Jesus’ big day. He finally is going to get what he really deserves from the people. But instead, this day marks the beginning of the end for Jesus’ earthly life; the first day in what was to be his last week. His weekend would take him to a cross on Friday, into a tomb on Friday evening and all day Saturday, then ultimately result in him being raised to life again on Sunday morning, the third day.
Transition: I would like to tie in some relevant Scriptures about Jerusalem and Israel’s role in our salvation future. So while I may preach a little, I want to teach a little as well today.
Observation: Luke records “Journey Notes” in his gospel that serve to set up this momentous, climactic event that will take place in the city of Jerusalem. Today’s Scripture includes the final two journey notes.
Reference / Journey Notes
Now when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem.
Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem.
Now on the way to Jerusalem Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.
Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.
After Jesus had said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, he wept over it…
Clearly, there is this sense of purpose that drives Jesus toward Jerusalem. But don’t misunderstand this clear, resolute purpose for being defeated.
Quotation: In his book And the Angels were Silent, Max Lucado writes, "Forget any suggestion that Jesus was trapped. Erase any theory that Jesus made a miscalculation. Ignore any speculation that the cross was a last-ditch attempt to salvage a dying mission. For if these words tell us anything, they tell us that Jesus died...on purpose. No surprise. No hesitation. No faltering. No, the journey to Jerusalem didn’t begin in Jericho. It didn’t begin in Galilee. It didn’t even begin in Bethlehem. The journey to the cross began long before. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in the garden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary."