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Summary: Without Christ we are just ordinary people, ordinary creation, who don’t experience the extraordinary hand of a living God. Without Christ we are without joy, peace, wisdom, self-control, patience, and the strength to live the life it was meant to be.

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The PraiseFest in Jerusalem

Scripture References: Luke 19:35 – 40; Matthew 21:8 –11; Mark 11:8 - 10

Introduction

The donkey awakened, his mind still savoring the afterglow of the most exciting day of his life. Never before had he felt such a rush of pleasure and pride.

He walked into town and found a group of people by the well. “I’ll show myself to them,” he thought.

But they didn’t notice him. They went on drawing their water and paid him no mind. “Throw your garments down,” he said crossly. “Don’t you know who I am?”

They just looked at him in amazement. Someone slapped him across the tail and ordered him to move.

“Miserable heathens!” he muttered to himself. “I’ll just go to the market where the good people are. They will remember me.”

But the same thing happened. No one paid any attention to the donkey as he strutted down the main street in front of the market place.

“The palm branches! Where are the palm branches!” he shouted. “Yesterday, you threw palm branches!”

Hurt and confused, the donkey returned home to his mother. “Foolish child,” she said gently. “Don’t you realize that without Him, you are just an ordinary donkey?”

Transition

We must not forget this morning that without Jesus we are just ordinary sinners without extraordinary hope. Without Jesus we stand to face the judgment and ultimately the wrath of God for sins.

Without Christ we are to face our own faults, shortcomings, errors, sins, misconceptions, and propensity to wickedness alone. We have no liberty in the flesh, no life in His grace, and no forgiveness of sins.

Without Christ we are just ordinary people, ordinary creation, who don’t experience the extraordinary hand of a living God. Without Christ we are without joy, peace, wisdom, self-control, patience, and the strength to live the life it was meant to be. Thank God for Christ.

There are times in the Scriptures that demand that you pause. And then your pausing makes you think. And your thinking will cause you to start thanking God.

We thank him for the power of His word. We thank Him for the provision of His word. And we thank Him for the practical application of His word.

This is Palm Sunday according to the traditional Christian calendar. So we are invited to look at what all the commotion is as recorded here in Luke 19 and replicated in Matthew 21 and Mark 11.

We have read of crowds and multitudes surrounding Jesus before. He was accustomed to the crowds; He had become easy with the multitudes. He regulalry embraced the crowds.

· Multitudes who marveled and glorified God seeing the works of Christ – Referencing Matthew 9:9

· Multitudes whom He had compassion on because they were a sheep having no shepherd. – Referencing Matthew 9:36

· Multitudes that followed Him frequently – Referencing Matthew 12:15

· Multitudes that came having those with them, who were lame, dumb, maimed, and many others and he healed them. – Referencing Matt.15: 30

In our text this morning we see the gathering of another multitude, there was what I have labeled a “praise fest” going on in Jerusalem, not with balloons, streamers, or banners, but palm branches, garments, and coats.


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