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DON’T LET A ROCK TAKE YOUR PLACE

I. Jesus Wept over Superficial Religion

II. Jesus Wept over Passing Opportunity

III. Jesus Wept over Smoldering Judgment

Conclusion

Good morning everyone. Glad to see you this morning on Palm Sunday. If you don’t know what Palm Sunday is you will by the end of the service today. We are taking a break from the Book of Genesis since we have Easter coming up next week. if you have your Bible you can turn to the Book of Luke and we will be in .
The Sunday before Easter Sunday, today is called Palm Sunday. And it is the week before 5 days before they would crucify Him and a full week right before He comes out of the grave. Now why should you care about Palm Sunday? Who cares right as long as he came out of the grave, and we get to hunt easter eggs its good in the hood. Well it should matter because it is a very important event, maybe the most significant in the history of the world. Apart from the Birth of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus. Because we are going to see the Jewish People should have understood what this means but they missed it and it had catastrophic consequences for their nation.
This is the last week of Jesus ministry. It culminates in the ancient city of Jerusalem the most important city in scripture. The reason I have spent so much time in Genesis is to set you up to understand the precious promises of scripture more fully. I didn’t get very far but I got far enough to where we got to Abraham who is the progenitor, the father of the Jewish nation, and through Him all the nations of the world might be blessed.
The reason why it is important for you to understand the covenant and the promise that was given to Abraham and the Jews, is because if you turn your heart over to Jesus then you as a Gentile become one with the Jews in the Promise of salvation.
The reason why it is important for you to understand the covenant and the promise that was given to Abraham and the Jews, is because if you turn your heart over to Jesus then you as a Gentile become one with the Jews in the Promise of salvation.
Ephesians 2:12–13 ESV
remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Think about this, what is it about Jesus that is so important from man’s perspective? I mean he didn’t have all the modern luxuries that the world says you need to be big time… His ministry only lasted 3 years. He was born to an obscure family in a desert over in the middle east. He walked everywhere he went. He had a rag tag group of followers made up of misfits. He had an itinerant ministry where he often slept out doors or wherever he could find a spot? So why is it that two thousands years later we are not only talking about Him but worshipping Him. Millions will worship him, and today thousands will be saved?
It is because He is the promised Deliverer. The Promised Messiah
Maimonides, whose writings are foundational to Orthodox Judaism, said in the twelfth century, " I firmly believe, in complete faith, in the coming of the Messiah, and although he may tarry, I daily wait for His coming"
3 Different Offices were anointed with oil
1. - Kings were anointed
2. High Priests were Annoited
3 Different Offices were anointed with oil
- Kings were anointed
High Priest were Anointed
High Priest were Anointed
Exodus 29:29 ESV
“The holy garments of Aaron shall be for his sons after him; they shall be anointed in them and ordained in them.
And Prophets were occasionally anointed
and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.
3. And Prophets were occasionally anointed
And Prophets were occasionally anointed
The Stones would cry out!
Now turn your bibles to
Luke 19:37–48 ESV
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!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 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.” And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.
Luke 19:28–40 ESV
And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 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!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Luke 19:28-
Luke 19:aRE YOU GOING TO LET A ROCK TAKE YOU PLACE
aRE YOU GOING TO LET A ROCK TAKE YOU PLACE
So in Judaism the Teaching of this coming Messiah was foundational in their teaching. And the Old Testament prophets told us many things about the Messiah. And as we will see today they even told us down to the very day when the Messiah would come, hundreds years in advance.
The Stones would cry out!
Luke 19:40 ESV
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Luke 19
Was Jesus just using hyperbole? I mean do you think that the very stones would began to cry out! Yes I believe that it would. You need to understand this wasn't just some great man. Some great prophet This was the promised deliverer the promised Messiah. God incarnate God clothed in mans flesh. The great deliverer!
This was the One that God had been promising from the very beginning of time when man fell from grace and ushered sin and death into the World
The one who Paul writes in Galatians 4:4
Galatians 4:4 ESV
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
Galatians 4:4–5 ESV
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
The one who was the fulfillment of the Old Testament, of the Law and the Prophets. This was the King! So if they kept quiet do you think the Rocks would began to cry out! Yes and Yes… Because He is not only mans great deliverer but all of creations great deliverer! You say do you really believe that? Yes I do with every fiber within me. You say that is foolish, I say it is faith. And faith is something that God gives. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Who gives this assurance, who gives this evidence? None of then God’s Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:18–21 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
So do I think the rocks would cry out! Yes! One thing that I have been disillusioned with in Christianity is the Luke warmness of the church. We come to church when its convenient for us. We give when its convenient for us. We worship when it is convenient for us. We serve when it is convenient for us. And when somebody truly on fire begins to cry out, they get the stank eye. And o they will calm down.
There is a parable about his that Jesus gave, where a rich man was putting on a great banquet
Luke 19
Luke 19:41 ESV
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,
Here as Jesus is riding into this city, it said that he is weeping. Now the word here does not simply mean that he was crying, but that he wept out loud. Hiis heart is broken, He is convulsed, He is broken, and Great tears are coursing down the cheeks of the Son of God
Luke 19:42
Luke 19:42–44 ESV
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.”
Luke 19:42 ESV
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 19:42–43 ESV
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
Luke 19
Luke 19:
We should be people of great simple joy. But Jesus was also a man of tears. 3 times in scriptures it said that Jesus wept.
He wept a Lazarus funeral- those were tears sympathy. When you weep Jesus Weeps. with you. We should hurt when those around us hurt/
Garden of Gethsemane He wept- those were tears of agony.
In it says that Jesus offered up prayers with great cries
3. He cried Tears of sympathy, He cried tears of Agony, but here on the Mount of Olives, coming into the city of Jerusalem on this Palm Sunday five days before they would crucify him He is crying great tears of Urgency . He looks down upon the city of Jerusalem and He knows what is coming for the city of Jerusalem. That there was coming a day when her enemies would surround her and destroy her. and His great big heart is broken.
You say well if that was going to happen why didn’t he warn them? He is but they refused, they rejected

The Lord Jesus, this is the week before His crucifixion. He’s coming into Jerusalem in what some call a triumphal entry. Some see Him coming as a king, but our Lord Jesus, humble as He was, came on a borrowed donkey, the symbol of humility. When Caesar came into Rome, Julius Caesar, when he was pulled into Rome in his triumphal entry into Rome, he came in a beautiful carriage pulled by forty elephants. And Marc Anthony, when he read about what happened to Julius Caesar, when Marc Anthony came into Rome, he came into Rome with a chariot pulled by magnificent lions. But Jesus comes riding upon a donkey in fulfillment of prophecy. And just as He comes over the crest of that hill and He sees that city, Jerusalem the Golden—if you’ve never seen Jerusalem in the morning, you see the sun as it comes over the Mount of Olives, and there on that city you see the limestone as it is bathed in the golden sun, and you can understand why its called Jerusalem the Golden—but when Jesus saw the city, again, the Bible says He was convulsed with anguish and tears of urgency.

When Caesar came into Rome, Julius Caesar, when he was pulled into Rome in his triumphal entry into Rome, he came in a beautiful carriage pulled by forty elephants. And Marc Anthony, when he read about what happened to Julius Caesar, when Marc Anthony came into Rome, he came into Rome with a chariot pulled by magnificent lions.

Charles Grandison Finney used to say, “We’ll never have revival until Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet Eyes are back in the pew.” Do you know what happens around here on Sunday morning, Sunday night? I can prepare a sermon; I can soak myself in prayer; I can come out and tear my heart out preaching the Word of God, and there will be some who have their names on this church roll who think, “Going to sing another stanza, huh? Oh, we may be a little late getting home.” Souls are in the balance. My dear friend, we ought to be singing and praying with urgency and tears and fervency. Do you believe that souls are lost? Do you believe that your neighbor if he dies will go to hell without the Lord Jesus Christ? Or do you think this is all a game; this is just a club that we belong to; this is just a charade? One day when they’re dropping those clods on the casket of your friend, neighbor, loved one, father, mother, brother, or sister, it will be too late for tears.

How do you get broken heart? Well, you can’t work it up. The only way I know to have a broken heart is to have the Spirit of Jesus in you, to yield to the Holy Spirit of God until He helps you to see this world and see this city as Jesus saw Jerusalem. And what broke the heart of Jesus ought to break ours. Imagine what it would be like to have your mother, your father, your son, your daughter to burn in the fires of hell forever. If that doesn’t break your heart, then see Jesus writhing on that cross dying for you and for me.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, hear your pastor. The Christian life is one of joy, but we need to take time out for tears and to weep before our God while we can. If God ever gave a church an opportunity, He’s giving us one today. This is our day. Let’s not miss it.

But Jesus comes riding upon a donkey in fulfillment of prophecy. And just as He comes over the crest of that hill and He sees that city, Jerusalem the Golden—if you’ve never seen Jerusalem in the morning, you see the sun as it comes over the Mount of Olives, and there on that city you see the limestone as it is bathed in the golden sun, and you can understand why its called Jerusalem the Golden—but when Jesus saw the city, again, the Bible says He was convulsed with anguish and tears of urgency.

Jesus Weeps Over Passing Opportunity-

But they did not see the second coming of Christ. He came the first time to deliver us from our greatest enemy, and it wasn't the Roman Empire! It was sin, Satan and death! He is coming the next time as Sovereign King. King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
What is He waiting on . Well hold your place right there and turn over to 1 Peter
Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive II. Jesus Wept because of Their Passing Opportunity

God says that there’s going to be 483 years for Messiah to come after a point in the calendar. That point in the calendar was when a command was given to rebuild and restore Jerusalem. That command was given by Artaxerxes, the king, on March 14, 445 B.C. Now, from the time that Artaxerxes the king gave that command until the day that Jesus Christ came into Jerusalem riding upon that donkey—if you add up those days, they would be 173,880 days. And Jesus on the day was riding into Jerusalem, April 6, 32 A.D. in an exact, precise fulfillment of prophecy. And so, Jesus could say to them, “If you knew the things that belong to your peace on this thy day.” It was their day and they missed it. It was harvest time. The Son of God was there, and they were blind to blessing and deaf to danger.

9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God grants times of harvest before judgment
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
But they did not see the second coming of Christ. He came the first time to deliver us from our greatest enemy, and it wasn't the Roman Empire! It was sin, Satan and death! He is coming the next time as Sovereign King. King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
What is He waiting on .1 Peter
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
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