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Summary: Here’s a Palm Sunday message that explores the possible motives for those who welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem. It includes a heartbreaking story that illustrates what Jesus must have felt in his heart as He hung on the cross.


Matthew 21: 1-9; JOHN 19:23-30

Matthew 21:1-9

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying 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. [3] And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ’The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them." [4] All 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.’ "

[6] So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. [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!"

John 19:23-30

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. [24] They said therefore among themselves, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be," that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:

"They divided My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots."

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

[25] Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" [27] Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

[28] After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" [29] Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. [30] So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

This is Palm Sunday.

Our first Bible passage today tells us about the celebration

When Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem.

It was quite a reception…wasn’t it?

People shouting praises to Jesus!

Men & women…boys & girls…laying down their coats…

Waving palm branches…

They really loved Jesus…right?

Well, some did.

But most them had other motives for being there.

The Bible says they shouted “Hosanna!”

What does that word mean?

It means “save us!”.

They wanted Jesus to become their king.

They wanted Him to use the powers He used to perform miracles.

They wanted Jesus to get rid of those nasty Romans.

They wanted Him to restore Israel to independence and glory.

I suspect there were many who wanted Jesus to heal them.

They wanted Jesus for what He could do for them!


12 year old Sara was the oldest child in her family.

She was compelled, by duty and necessity,

to take on the care of her ailing mother,

her hard working father,

and her 4 younger brothers and sisters.

She spent all her time caring for the household.

One day, Sara’s mother died.

But she kept on giving care to her grieving father

and her 4 motherless brothers and sisters.

Sara gave her all for their good.

She loved them and she showed it.


Sara reminds me of the Lord Jesus.

He loves us beyond our ability to understand.

And Jesus showed it!

Point #1


Listen to the message of love!

A message from God’s heart through the cross and to you:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16.

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8.

Jesus prayed for His offenders…

instead of calling legions of angels to slay them:

He said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34.

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