(click this link for more info) HOLY WEEK - The Pilgrimage with Jesus (Triumphant Entry)

Sermon Date: 
Apr 05 2020
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YOUTUBE WORSHIP SERVICE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIFPRx6mqVA

SERMON NOTES FOR STUDY/REFLECTION

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 21:1-11

HOLY WEEK
A time to open ourselves with humility of heart that allows the Holy Spirit to bring the life of Jesus into the background rhythm of our daily lives.

Robert Webber states, "It is our own entry into the most solemn yet the most glorious experience of spirituality. For Jesus, Palm Sunday was his gateway to the culminating events of his earthly life. As we enter that gate with him, our spiritual lives are being ordered into the most sacred moments of the history of the world and of our own experience with the meaning of human existence."

THREE SIGNIFICANT SYMBOLS
1. Palm Branches: goodness, power, triumph, victory
2. Colt: fulfill Messianic prophecy from Zechariah 9:9, the King is Coming
3. The Selected Lamb: Palm Sunday is the day the High Priest of the Temple selects the perfect unblemished lamb (recalling the Exodus account being spared by death by smearing the blood of the lamb on the doorposts), today the eternal Lamb of God was selected
EVERYTHING WAS PERFECTLY AND ETERNALLY TIMED!

THE CROWD
1. Cheering Hosanna recognizing Jesus is their King.
2. Jesus their King is not what they expected (eg. not a militant type king)
3. Jesus weeps for the city blind to receive the very presence of God before them (Luke 19:41-44).

YOUR PILGRIMAGE WITH JESUS INTO THE GATES OF A WORLDLY CROWD LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
1. Let us continue to listen obediently to Jesus even when we don't fully understand His asking (eg. disciples to get a colt).
2. Let us continue to prepare ourselves for God's Holy Visitation. Read Philippians 3:7-9
3. Let us continue to praise Hosanna upon our King Jesus who saves us.
4. Let us continue to cry out and weep over the nations - may the spiritual blindness be lifted in Jesus' Name!

LET US ENTER INTO THE GATES BEFORE OUR WORLDLY CROWD DECLARING JESUS IS KING!

GOING DEEPER-GROWING STRONGER
1. How did this message speak to you?
2. Has Jesus ever asked of you to do something which seemed so bizarre?
3. Read Philippians 3:7-9. How do these verses speak to you in light of today's context?
4. The crowd failed to receive Christ as their Messianic King of Peace. We know King Jesus is Returning. How are you preparing for this?

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Pastor Trevor