Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday


Matthew 21 NKJV
1  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!”
10  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11  So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

When I think about the Palm Sunday I think about:
·        The generations who waited for Messiah to come
o   Zechariah’s Prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 – 500BC
o   Isaiah’s Prophecies in Isaiah 31 – 700BC
o   King David in Psalm 23 – 1000BC
o   The First Passover with Moses – 1400BC
o   Jacob’s Prophecies in Genesis 49 – 1800BC
o   Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac – 2000BC
o   Noah’s Prophecies in Genesis 9 – 3000BC
o   God’s Promise to Adam and Eve – 4000BC
·        I think of how long people waited for the Promise

Sometimes it seems like so much of life is waiting on something to happen that will heal us, encourage us, deliver us and set us free. Every generation has its trouble and in every generation there is hope.

God did not leave Adam and Eve without hope and neither will He abandon you. Our hope is in Messiah. The Children of God who lived in the generations before Christ looked forward with faith to the coming of Messiah and in the 2000 years since we who have believed in Jesus look back with that same faith.

Today I believe it is prudent for us to remind ourselves of three important and eternal truths concerning the lessons we learn from Palm Sunday.

1.   There is no one better than a parent to bring a child to Christ
a.   v.2 “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.”
b.   A young child will follow a parent to Jesus.
c.   God is sending servants out to cities and villages today hoping to set both parents and children free. When He does, bring your family to Jesus …
2.  The Lord has need of you
a.   v.3  “The Lord has need of them …”
b.   God needs you and your family – it is not just a want but it’s a need.
c.   Jesus needs to be carried to your family, friends, neighborhood, community, city, state, nation and generation …
d.   The Lord has need of you!
3.  People want to know
a.   v. 10  “Who is this”

b.   v. 11  “This is Jesus!” – Show them Christ