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April 9, 2017

Sermon: Palm Sunday: Missing the Point

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Scripture Lesson

Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 21:1-10

The Coming Ruler of God’s People
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem; and the battle-bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’

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Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Palm Sunday: Missing the Point
Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 21:1-10

I. Introduction:
II. Palm Sunday
III. Jesus shakes things up (Matt. 21:10)
IV. A different Messiah (Zech. 9:9-10; Matt. 21:1-10)
     A. Palm Sunday fulfills Zechariah’s prophecy (21:4)
         1. A celebration of the Messiah’s coming to us (9:9)
         2. The Messiah will bring world peace (9:10)
     B. How does the Messiah enter Jerusalem? As king:
         1. “Humble and riding/mounted on a donkey” (9:9; 21:5)
         2. In submission to God (21:2)
         3. To give himself
             a. Passion prediction (20:18-19)
             b. Mother of James and John (20:20-28)
     C. Jesus calls everyone to follow
     D. The crowd misses the point
V. Will we miss the point?
     A. Humility
     B. Submission
     C. Giving of ourselves
VI. Conclusion: James Tissot (1836-1902)


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