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April 9, 2017


   Sermon Title: PALM or PASSION? How to Prepare for Easter

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Mark 11:4; Luke 19:41-42

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Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; Matthew 21:1-11

Scripture Text: Mark 11:4; Luke 19:41-42

Mark 11:4
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.

Luke 19:41-42
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”, I would have to mention about people traveling great distances just to hail Jesus as king of the Jews. I would have to talk about how they laid down branches in front of Jesus as he made His way to Jerusalem. I would have to tell you about how happy they were to see Him. How they were so excited they literally took the coats off their backs and laid them in front of Jesus, too.

If I preached about “Passion Sunday”, I would have to tell you a very different story. I would have to tell you that this parade was really a funeral procession. This day marked the beginning of the end; the week of betrayal; and the week that would end in suffering and death.

If I preached about “Passion Sunday”, I would tell you the stories of the last supper, and how Jesus shared with his disciples those things he wanted them to remember most. I would share with you the familiar stories of the arrest, the torture, and the crucifixion. If I were to preach on the passion, these would be the stories I would tell.

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. 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)

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.

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