Summary: Are you living a victorious life? The word “Triumph” means to be victorious or successful – to win! 2000 years ago, Christ rode into Jerusalem as a triumphant King! Because of Christ we also are able to live triumphant lives today!
“Triumphant in Christ!”
Text: Luke 19:28-44 & Selected
P A L M S U N D A Y
Cross Creek Community Church
Pastor Dave Martin – April 13, 2003
God’s Word is Powerful, Relevant, and Life Changing!
Welcome to Cross Creek. This morning we are going to look at the Triumphal entry of Christ – Palm Sunday. We love winners. We love being around successful victorious people. Let me ask you this morning, are you living a victorious life? The word “Triumph” means to be victorious or successful – to win! 2000 years ago, Christ rode into Jerusalem as a triumphant King! Because of Christ we also are able to live triumphant lives!
Use of PowerPoint slides & Pictures…
Luke 19:28-44 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30"Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ’Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ’The Lord needs it.’ " 32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34They replied, "The Lord needs it." 35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 40"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." 41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you."
They knew He was King but did not understand His Kingdom!
They knew He was Messiah but did not understand His mission!
To Be Triumphant…
1. Keep God’s Eternal PURPOSE in Focus! V32
32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.
· Daniel predicted this public presentation 500 years earlier. (Dan 9:25-26)
· What we think or believe does not change God’s eternal purpose.
· Let’s briefly look at the “big picture” concerning the triumphal entry of Jesus 2000 years ago.
· Prophecy is nothing but history in reverse!
Jesus presented Himself as the Messiah! Mt. 21:9
Matthew 21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
· There are approx. 332 prophecies in the O.T. predicting the coming of Christ! The time has finally arrived.
· Notice Jesus came to where the road goes down the Mount of Olives – try to imagine this scene.
· Jewish historian Josephus reports an estimated 3 million Jews in Jerusalem for the Jewish Passover celebration.
· Seeing the magnificent temple glistening in the sun, the masses of people, the electrifying excitement was building!
· Jesus purpose was to present Himself to the religious leaders and the Jewish nation as the long awaited Messiah!
John 1:11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
· Jesus went into Jerusalem by going through the “Eastern Gate” situated at the foot of the Mt. Of Olives.
Jesus promised His return to earth very soon! Rev 22:20
Rev. 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
· You know the way the Historical story of Christ unfolds – He was rejected and crucified at Calvary.
· Because the Jews rejected Him, salvation turned to the Gentiles – you & me. (Rom 11)
· He was buried and three days later He arose from the grave! We’ll look at this more next Sunday.