Sermon on Sunday, March 24, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY?
PALM SUNDAY OR COAT SUNDAY?
- The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.
They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road.
- On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him…
- ‘Thus says the Lord, “I have anointed you king over Israel.” ’ ” Then they hurried and each man took his garment and placed it under him on the bare steps, and blew the trumpet, saying, “Jehu is king!”
– 2 King 9:13
WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR THE LORD?
- As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. “If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.” They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they untied it.
- Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission. They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.
- Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: “Hosanna! [save us Lord] Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!”
- And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant
WHAT HAVE YOU PRODUCED FOR JESUS?
- Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered. Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?”
- “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ ”
- Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!” And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”
TRIUMPH FOLLOWED BY TRAGEDY
- Moses defeats Pharaoh and Leads the people out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.
- The people complain about food and water.
- Moses talks to God and receives His commandments.
- The people rebel and worship a golden calf.
- Moses sends the spies into the promised land.
- 10 out of 12 spies lie and turn the people against Moses.
- David defeats Goliath and appointed to sit with the King.
- King Saul tries to kill David.
- David becomes King and celebrates the return of the Ark of the Lord.
- David’s wife mocks him.
- David is King and defeats all enemies.
- David commits adultery and murder and driven from his kingdom by his own son.
- Elijah the prophet defeats 300 false prophets.
- Elijah is threatened by a woman and runs for his life and loses his will to live.
- Jonah saves Nineveh.
- Jonah suffers from depression.
- Stephen receives a promotion (appointment) to serve the Lord and preaches great sermon.
- Stephen is stoned to death.
- Jesus’ baptism of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of His ministry.
- 40 days in the desert without food and water and tempted by Satan.
- Jesus heals the sick, raises the dead, loves the people, and gives great sermons.
- God’s people seek to have him killed.
- Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
- Jesus faces a betrayal, denial, torture, and a brutal death.
TRIUMPH FOLLOWED BY TRAGEDY FOLLOWED BY TRIUPH
- Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.