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April 14, 2019

Sermon: The Opposite

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Scripture Lesson

Proverbs 21:23; Luke 19:36-43

To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble.

As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Opposite
Proverbs 21:23; Luke 19:36-43

I. Introduction: Blondie
II. Palm Sunday
III. The disciples’ response (Lk. 19:36-38)
     A. Praise God joyfully (19:37)
     B. A ritual Passover greeting from Ps. 118 (19:38)
     C. Do they know what they are saying?
IV. Jesus’ opposite response (Lk. 19:41-43)
     A. Jesus weeps (19:41)
     B. Jerusalem does not know what makes for peace (19:42)
     C. Jesus sees ahead (19:43)
V. So what?
     A. What are we saying? (Prov. 21:23)
     B. What is God’s perspective?
     C. Pray to see as God sees
VI. Conclusion: A sun-shower


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