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Summary: Based on History Channel's epic mini-series, The Bible, this five-part expository sermon series highlights five key events in the story of Scripture from Abraham to Jesus, using video clips from the show.

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The Bible: The Triumphal Entry

Scott Bayles, pastor

Blooming Grove Christian Church: 3/24/2013

Michael Hauge knows all about storytelling.

Michael is a story and script consultant who works with writers and filmmakers on their screenplays, novels, movies and television projects. He’s also written a number of books about the art of storytelling and script-writing. According to Michael Hauge, there are five key elements that go into creating a good story. The first and most important element is this—it’s got to have a hero.

Every story needs a hero.

The story of Scripture is no different.

For the past three weeks, we have been rediscovering some of the most gripping and fascinating stories from the Bible––stories that are more than just stories; stories that tell us something about ourselves, our lives, and God’s hopes and plans for us. We’ve been doing this, of course, in concert with History Channel’s epic ten-hour miniseries appropriately titled, The Bible.

Last Sunday night, I hope you were watching as we were introduced to the hero of the story, the hero of history—Jesus.

After decades of captivity in Babylon, King Cyrus of Persia issues a decree that frees the people of Israel to return home and begin rebuilding their temple as well as their lives. Prophets like Daniel, Zechariah, and others began to foretell of a Messiah—a hero—who would one day emerge to establish a new kingdom, God’s Kingdom, that would be the embodiment of peace and righteousness.

Centuries later, in the quiet little town of Bethlehem, that hero was born.

Fast-forward roughly thirty-three years and that brings us to today—Palm Sunday—and the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. After a three year ministry of unprecedented divine authority, miracles, and exorcisms, Jesus’ fame has finally reached a crescendo. Hundreds of thousands of Jews descend upon Jerusalem for the annual Passover celebration and Jesus’ presences cause quite a stir, which is where our clip picks up. Let’s watch and see what happens.

NEXT SLIDE—CLIP WILL PLAY AUTOMATICALLY

This chapter in Jesus’ story is often referred to as the Triumphal Entry and, I think, it reflects our own stories in at least three ways. The first way that this story is like ours is that it’s a story of hysteria!

• A STORY OF HYSTERIA

Everyone likes a parade, right? We love the pomp, the colorful costumes, the loud music, the disciplined marching, the imaginative floats, and of course the smiles and the waves. Some parades are greater productions than others. I spent several years living in a suburb outside New Orleans so I’ve experienced some spectacular parades. But serving a majority of my ministry is small town America, I’ve grown more accustom to the homecoming parade with four floats—one for each class, the marching band, the homecoming court sitting in donated convertibles, and the town fire engine and squad car with flashing lights.


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