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Summary: There are basically two influences in all of our lives. You are doing what you are doing because of one or the other of these influences. The two influences are Righteousness and Religion.

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What did you do this past week? Make a list in your mind of five or six things you did this past week.

Now, think about why you did those things.

What was behind the things that you did that made you do those things?

Most people think that they are in control of their life, when in actuality; someone or something else is controlling their life.

It may be a job.

It may be education/college.

It may be shopping for groceries.

It may be a hobby.

It may be health issues.

It may be just about anything you can think of. And behind every activity is some power. Much of what we do is because we are made to do it.

When we think of Jesus, particularly his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we must also think of what it was that made him do it.

Luke 9:51 – “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

There was something behind directing Jesus at this particular time to Jerusalem. I think it is safe to say that his passion at this point was to go to Jerusalem. Now, why?

Hebrews 12:2 – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

What was that joy that was leading him to Jerusalem, where he knew exactly what was in store for him?

What were some of the things that were before him?

1. Judas Iscariot would betray him.

2. Peter would deny him.

Both of these men were part of the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples.

3. The hatred of the Pharisees and High Priest who would turn the people against him.

4. But even more than that, he was facing the cross and he knew exactly what that was all about.

Beyond the Cross was you and me… We were his joy.

Why would anybody deliberately and of his own accord do what Jesus did?

I think we take for granted this whole story, especially his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We call it a “triumphal entry,” but it was nothing of the kind. He was going to his death. The same people that were hailing him as “King,” would in a short while cry, “Crucify him, crucify him.”

There has to be something behind him, driving him in that direction. Now, what was it.

What were the influences Jesus was dealing with?

What happens here illustrates for us the influences that drive us one way or the other. What you did this week was a result of certain influences in your life. Many of those influences you did not have control over. In fact, most people do not realize that they are being influenced one way or the other. But our culture is built upon this kind of thing.

Now how is this illustrated in the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem?

There are basically two influences in all of our lives. You are doing what you are doing because of one or the other of these influences. The two influences are Righteousness and Religion. I want to show you how these two influences direct your life.


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