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Palm Sunday

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Introduction

Palm Sunday may represent the greatest missed opportunity in all of history.
God paid a visit to his home town.
An cross-shaped exit sign hangs ominously over Jesus triumphant entrance to Jerusalem.
The crowds hail the Lion of Judah but reject the Lamb of God. They want salvation but not this kind. Not salvation that comes with a cross.
We could just as well call Palm Sunday ‘Coronation Day’. It is the day when God became King.

Analysis

Analysis

Matthew 21:1–2 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.
Matthew 21:3–4 ESV
If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Matthew 21:1–4 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Note how specific Jesus’ instructions are. He wants His entrance into Jerusalem to be highly symbolic, but symbolic of what?
Matthew 21:14 ESV
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
Matthew 21:5 ESV
“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”
Mathew 21
Matthew 21:6–11 ESV
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 21:1-
Zechariah wrote this during the Babylonian exile. It is a “return from exile” prophecy
Matthew 21:6-
It indicates the return of the Davidic King and the restoration of Israel
Matthew 21:6–8 ESV
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Luke 19:36–38 ESV
And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 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!”
Note how excited the disciples were and that it was based all the “mighty works that they had seen”
Luke 19:36-
Matthew 21:6
They had become convinced that Jesus was the returning King
This no doubt explains their brutal disappointment after the crucifixion
This day must have been truly triumphant for this rag-tag band of Jesus’ followers
Matthew 21:9 ESV
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Hosanna literally means “Save us”.
Matthew 21:9
When we hear this we tend to immediately think “Save us from our sins.” but it is highly unlikely that anyone shouting Hosanna on that fateful day was thinking in those terms.
So what were they crying to be saved from?
Political oppression
Religious oppression
Injustice
Poverty
Sickness
Matthew 21:9–11 ESV
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 21:10–11 ESV
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew
Matthew 21:9
Luke 19:41–42 ESV
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Luke 19:41
Luke 19:43–44 ESV
For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Luke 19:43
Luke 19:41–44 ESV
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
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