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Summary: Here’s a Palm Sunday sermon that compares the story of Jesus with that of President Woodrow Wilson. It challenges us to make sure our motives for coming to Jesus are right.

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When Cheers Turn to Jeers!

Matthew 21:1-11

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.

3And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ’The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them."

4All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5"Tell the daughter of Zion,’Behold, your King is coming to you,

Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ "

6So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7They brought

the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

8And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut

down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out,

saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! ’Blessed is He who comes in the

name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!"

10And when He had come into Jerusalem, the entire city was moved, saying,

"Who is this?"

11So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of

Galilee."

This is Palm Sunday.

The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

is one of the very few events in the life of Jesus

that is recorded in all four of the Gospels.

Today we’re going to examine closely that event.

But first, allow me to tell you the story of Woodrow Wilson.

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States. He was a devoted Presbyterian and leading intellectual of the Progressive Era. With Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft dividing the Republican vote, Wilson was elected President as a Democrat in 1912 receiving less than 50% of the popular vote. He proved highly successful in leading a Democratic Congress to pass major legislation including the Federal Trade Commission, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Underwood Tariff, the Federal Farm Loan Act and most notably the Federal Reserve System.

Wilson spent 1914 through the beginning of 1917 trying to keep America out of the war in Europe. Re-nominated to run for President in 1916, Wilson’s major campaign slogan was "He kept us out of the War”. The final result of the election was exceptionally close and the result was in doubt for several days. Again, Wilson was elected with less than 50% of the popular vote. The only other president to win with under 50% voter approval was Bill Clinton in the 1992 and 1996 elections.

We’ll here more of the Woodrow Wilson story later!

Point #1

Do what the people want and you will be well received.

8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut

down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the

multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

"Hosanna to the Son of David! ’Blessed is He who comes in the name of the

LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!" 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem,

the entire city was moved, saying, "Who is this?"

The whole city was enthused about the arrival of Jesus.

Normally, there would be about 60,000 people in Jerusalem.

But Passover time was drawing near.

So that brought thousands more to Jerusalem.

Word got out that a young rabbi from Galilee was coming.

Now, what was so special about Him?

Well, listen to John 12:17-18

Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

Being able to raise people from the dead would draw a crowd.

Maybe He could do that for a relative who died!

Jesus did other things that pleased people!

He fed 5,000 people with 5 small loves of bread and two fish!

He made the blind see, the deaf hear, and the lame walk.

He commanded demons to come out of people!

Maybe He would do things like that for other people, too!

There were other things that drew people to Jesus.

He was not a rich man who had no compassion.

Here was a simple man whom they could identify with.

He cared about those in pain and suffering!

He was a friend of the poor, the discouraged, and the sinners!

He was different from the religious leaders

who showed off their righteous standing with God.

There is another reason why Jesus drew a big crowd!

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