Summary: As followers of Christ we honor him by submitting to his absolute authority and bow before the sovereign rule of the Kinjg of grace.
Title: Weird Sunday
Text: Matthew 21:1-11
Thesis: As followers of Christ we honor him by submitting to his absolute authority and bow to his sovereign rule in all things.
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I am with the guy whose response to the irony of this scenario was to think, “This is weird!” Then, in trying to find some kind of normalcy in the weirdness, stammered, “Not weird!”
When I think of something being weird I am thinking unnatural or strange or odd or interesting in a quirky kind of way.
Did you know that the Jedi Church, a Star Wars spin-off religion) is the most popular alternative religion in England and Wales? There are more Jedi Knights there than there are Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Heathens and Scientologists. The Jedi Church believes that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together. The Jedi religion believes there is something innate inside every one of us and that our sense of morality is innate. So quiet your mind and listen to the force within you! The Jedi Church web site states: All Welcome. The Jedi Church recognizes that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together, and accepts all races and species from all over the universe as potential members of the religion. Join the Jedi Church today!
While the Jedi Church seems off the wall to us… a closer look at Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday has its own kind of weirdness… Palm Sunday poses a weirdness or out of the ordinariness that compels us to rethink our relationship to Christ.
If Jesus Christ be King then… then what? What does that mean to us some 2,000 years removed from that event? Is this simply an historical event or is this happening fraught with implications for all those who would follow Christ even today?
The primary implication for all who follow Christ is that we submit to his authority.
I. We submit to his authority
“Tell the people, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey… riding a donkey’s colt.’” Matthew 21:5
This Gospel account cites the Old Testament prophecy from Zechariah 9:9-10, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt.”
The whole idea of anyone riding on a donkey is weird… and even more so when it is the King.
In the old Clint Eastwood and Shirley McClain western, Two Mules for Sister Sue, Sister Sue is a cigar smoking, whiskey drinking nun who rides a donkey. While Clint Eastwood leads the way on his big sturdy, manly mans mount, Sister Sue trails along behind gently switching the rump of the donkey with a stick to keep it moving.
Here in Colorado the Cripple Creek community maintains a herd of donkeys, some who are purportedly direct descendants of the donkeys who worked the Cripple Creek Gold Mine back in the day. Today the donkeys roam freely throughout the hills, streets, neighborhoods and even downtown Cripple Creek. They are quite the amusement.