March 25, 2018
Sermon Title: PALM or PASSION? How to Prepare for Easter
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Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; Matthew 21:1-11
Scripture Text: Mark 11:4
1 “And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
PALM or PASSION? How to Prepare for Easter
Today is Palm Sunday. It is the day that the Christian church celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ last week on earth. I think preachers from all over the world have had some difficulty with today’s sermons, because today is also known as “Passion Sunday.” Do we preach on the palms, or do we preach on the passions? If I preach about “Palm Sunday”.
These were my thoughts as I wrestled with what to preach on today - as I deliberated about what to say. The Glory of the Palms or the Gloom of the Passion? The Celebration of the parade into Jerusalem, or the Passion found at the cross?
To more fully understand everything that surrounded Jesus, and to figure out what to make of all the events, we need to think about the parades but we also need to think about the crosses. One does us no good if we don’t also understand the other.
I believe we need to look at the good and the bad, so that we can better understand that Jesus Christ deliberately chose to endure the suffering and the death just for us. And to understand that He did so because of His great love for us.
As I share with you this morning, three ways you and I can most
effectively and meaningfully prepare for Easter.
1. Do what Jesus says (Luke 19:29-40)
2. Feel what Jesus feels (Luke 19:41-44)
3. Tell who Jesus is (Matthew 21:10-11)
As we go forth into this Holy Week, let us remember most of all that the One who came to take our place, has already made a place for us in Heaven. He who died for us is still living today, and He is still loving us today. And he still wants that personal relationship with each one of us.
Your mission, if you would prepare for Easter in a way that will bring a smile to God’s face and true and lasting joy into the lives of others, is to find that person . . . and invite him or her to be your guest to Liberty Fellowship, that’s gonna talk about the resurrection of Jesus.
Let’s go to A NEW DIMENSION!!
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