Summary: Today’s society wants to know wants to know, "What does Palm Sunday mean to me?" This message relates 30AD to 2002.
A RELEVENT PALM SUNDAY MESSAGE
HOW DOES APRIL 3, 30AD RELATE TO MARCH 24, 2002?
INTRODUCTION: Though the date is debatable, most scholars believe that Jesus entered Jerusalem on His “Triumphant Entry” around April 3, 30AD. A greater challenge exists beyond the date. Most people in our society want to know what is the relevance of that day to our day. Today’s message is to relate April 3, 30AD to March 24, 2002.
I. WE STILL HAVE TO ALLOW THE SHEPHERD TO LEAD FROM IN FRONT (Verse 28)
ILL- A husband’s wife was sick so he stopped by the store to pick up some items, when he quickly noticed another father with a 4 year old in the buggy whining for a candy bar. The dad said, "be patient Billy we’re almost finished." The two men passed on another isle and the little boy was getting louder, "I want a candy bar." We’re almost done Billy be patient. At the check out the little boy was really showing out. The dad said calmly, "hang on Billy we’re almost to the car." The husband followed the dad to the car and commended him for his great patience. The dad said, "you don’t understand, I’M BILLY!"
a) We are an impatient people. We have to be patient with God. Let Him lead from in front.
b) So many times we get in a hurry and want to jump out in front of God.
c) When we get out in front of God we get ourselves in trouble.
d) Notice that Jesus stays out in front of His disciples to lead as a shepherd.
II. BEING A DISCIPLE STILL REQUIRES OBEDIENCE (V. 32)
ILL- An author once wrote that there was a bully in his class that took advantage of him because he was smaller. Each day the bully would take his milk money, so he decided he would take karate lessons to defend himself. At his first lesson the karate instructor told him the cost for lessons was $5. He said $5?! It was cheaper just to give away my milk money! So he quit and went back to giving the bully his milk money.
a) So many believers today cop out and give in to their bullies, rather than doing what is right.
b) Notice the disciples didn’t make any cop outs or excuses. They just went and did what Jesus said to do.
c) You don’t hear them saying, “Sunday School starts too early” or “I can’t witness, I’m too nervous.”
“I can’t teach. I was a bad student, much less a good teacher.” or “I couldn’t make it, my wife had a corn on her foot.”
d) EXAMPLES FROM THE BIBLE - (NOAH, ABRAHAM, JOSHUA, GIDEON, DAVID, ELIJAH, PAUL PETER)
e) THEY DIDN’T POUT, WHINE, AND DOUBT - GOD SAID IT AND THEY DID IT
f) Today we need to spend less time worrying about what others think, whining and complaining and get to doing!
III. JESUS IS STILL SUFFERING FROM MISTAKEN IDENTITY (Verses 37-38)
ILL- Have you ever saw someone you thought was someone else? Spoke them and realized it was mistaken identity?
a) The people were praising and shouting. They were proclaiming Kingship.
b)THEY WERE LYING! THEY WERE GIVING LIP SERVICE!
c) They were mistaking Jesus to be one to fulfill their desires to overthrow the Roman empowerment of their territory and return to the glory days of David. Later that week they discovered they had mistaken Jesus’ identity and were the very people crying CRUCIFY HIM!
d) Many people today identify with Christ as one that will save them from hell as long as He only requires them a couple of hours on Sunday each week.
IV. THERE WERE DEAD RELIGIOUS PEOPLE THEN TOO (V.39)
ILL- A woman in Arkansas just knew she had to be dead. She had just finished her shopping and gotten into her car when she heard a loud bang and a sharp penetration into the back of her neck. By reflex, she screamed and reached to grab the back of her neck and felt the gooey feeling of what felt like brain matter. A man heard her scream and ran to her assistance. "Ma’am are you ok?" She said, "No! I just got shot in the neck and I’m holding my brains in." The man said, "Ma’am that’s not brains that’s a biscuit!"
a) There are people today that just know they have to be dead. (Spiritually)
b) The spiritually dead feel that if we are reverent enough we will bless God. And they are simply dead.
c) You don’t have to be dead! God doesn’t expect you to be dead! He fills us with life.
d) Dead worship isn’t appealing at all to God.
V. JESUS IS MEANT TO BE PRAISED (Verse 40)