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March 25, 2018

Sermon: What We Really Need on Palm Sunday

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Scripture Lesson

Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:1-12

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.

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
What We Really Need on Palm Sunday
Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:1-12

I. Introduction: Beetle Bailey
II. Palm Sunday: Entry into Jerusalem
III. Jesus’ glorification (Mark 11:8-10)
     A. “People spread their cloaks on the road” 11:8; 2 Kings 9:13)
     B. “Shouting” a victory psalm (11:9-10; Ps. 118:25-26)
         1. “Hosanna!” (11:9-10; 2 times)
         2. “Blessed is the coming kingdom” (11:10)
     C. Jesus does not stop the crowd
IV. Jesus’ humility (Mark 11:1-12)
     A. “Bethany” (11:1, 11, 12; 3 times)
     B. The “colt” (11:2, 4, 7; 3 times)
         1. A sign of humility (Zech. 9:9)
         2. “The Lord . . . will send it back” (11:3)
     C. Jesus’ silence
     D. No cleansing of the temple (11:11)
     E. A model of humility
V. What we really need on Palm Sunday is someone who
     A. Stays in humble housing
     B. Has a humble, borrowed ride
     C. Remains silent while others glorify him
VI. Conclusion: Models of humility
     A. Harvard Business Review, May 2014
         https://hbr.org/2014/05/the-best-leaders-are-humble-leaders
     B. Pope Francis (1936- )

 

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