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Summary: Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). The responsibility of the disciples (vs 1-3)

(2). The reason for the instructions (vs 4-5)

(3). The response of obedience (vs 6-7)

(4). The reaction of the crowd (vs 8-11)

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• Guess the celebrity from their look-a-like dolls Quiz.

• TRANSITION: Some of you had trouble recognising who the dolls were!

• 2,000 years ago (like today) people had a caricature of what the messiah should be;

• But that image was not always true to the real likeness;

• And so when Jesus appeared he was often unrecognised!

Ill:

• There was a Jewish tradition that when a male baby was born to Jewish parents,

• The father would hold the baby in his arms and ask God a question;

• He would ask; ‘Is this the one?’

• The Jewish people were looking for and expecting their Messiah!

• And yet, when the Messiah came;

• Sadly they failed to recognise him!

Ill:

• The British conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham

• Founded a number of orchestras including the Beecham Symphony Orchestra,

• The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

• Once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer.

• Believing he knew her, but unable to remember her name,

• He paused to talk with her.

• As the two chatted, he vaguely recollected that she had a brother.

• Hoping for a clue,

• He asked how her brother was and whether he was still working at the same job.

• “Oh, he’s very well,” she said, “And he’s still king.”

Jesus had visited Jerusalem many times before:

• As a boy, as a worshipper, as a teacher.

• But never as a king.............. that is until now!

• The question is:

• Would the people and the religious leaders recognise him!

(1). THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DISCIPLES (vs 1-3)

“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’”

• Jesus sends two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage,

• Which is a suburb of Jerusalem

• Their orders are to look for and find a female donkey tied up.

• With her would be a colt, also tethered.

• The disciples were to “unloose” and bring back both animals to Jesus.

Note:

• If you were to read all four gospel accounts of this incident;

• You might notice that only Matthew mentions two donkeys.

• The other gospel writers only mention one.

• Now different witnesses to a situation;

• Always notice or highlight different details;

• That is one way we can tell that their accounts are genuine and reliable.

• It is not unusual that the other Gospel writers leave out this detail;


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