Summary: This is a sermon leading up to Easter. It looks at the road Jesus took to Jerusalem, and that the road is one of humility, fulfillment, obedience, and destiny. It challenges believers to take this same road for their life.

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A Journey To and From Easter

The Jerusalem Road

Matthew 21:1-11

As we begin our journey to and from Easter, we’ll be taking the same roads Jesus took and spoke about. They are the roads that led Him not only to His death, but also from His resurrection.

Although these roads go in different directions and to different locations, like Jerusalem, Emmaus and Damascus, they all end up at the same destination, and that is Jesus Christ. Today we’re going to be traveling on the Jerusalem’s road.

The Oscars were a couple weeks back and all the stars made their grand and glorious entrances. They didn’t come in old VW vans wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Instead they came in chuffer driven limousines dressed to the nines.

Given an opportunity to make a entrance, most would choose the grandeur style over that of mediocrity or poverty. We would choose the blazing white stallion over the small grey donkey. And it was such a grand entrance the disciples were hoping that Jesus would make into Jerusalem.

They were hoping for some grand entrance on a blazing white stallion, sort of like the Lone Ranger, with a cloud of dust and hearty “Hi O Silver.” They were hoping Jesus would come into Jerusalem and kick the bad guys out of town.

That’s the Jesus they wanted, and that’s the type of Jesus most want today. But Jesus entered Jerusalem differently, and upon a road that isn’t so easily followed. In fact, it’s a road that not many, if any, would choose for themselves. It’s a road that leads to the Father’s will and our destiny, which means that it’s a road that leads to death.

Jesus knew this, and said that same to His disciples.

“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life.” (Matthew 20:18-19 NIV)

Yet even knowing the pain and suffering that was waiting, Jesus still went. There was a deep determination on Jesus’ part to travel this road to Jerusalem and to His death. We see this in Luke’s account.

“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.” (Luke 9:51 NKJV)

In the same manner we have to set our faces and determine deep within ourselves to follow these roads that lead to and from our own Easters, to our own deaths and resurrections. But know this about these roads, they’ll also lead to a new and exciting life in Christ, and then eternal life with Him in heaven once this life is over.

It was the time for the Jewish Passover, one of the three feasts that God commanded the Jews to celebrate in Jerusalem. Passover to the Jews is king of life our feast of Thanksgiving. Passover is the Jewish celebration of thanksgiving for God’s mighty hand in delivering them from their Egyptian bondage and captivity.

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