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Palm Sunday 2020

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Jesus demands that we should ask, who is this?

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The Setup
The Scriptures
The Scene
The Son of Man

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Matthew 21:1–11 ESV
1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “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.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Prayer
God our Father in Heaven we thank you for this day! This is the day that you have made and therefore we rejoice in it, because of you we rejoice even in the face of the current trials that we are experiencing. Today we gather together virtually because of our love for one another we seek to keep social boundaries but we rejoice that you are not constrained by any distance. Therefore we thank you for being with each of us just as close today as always. Pour out your Spirit Lord during these difficult days give us boldness to be light in the darkness pointing others to you!
The Setup
Matthew 21:1–3 ESV
1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”
The Place
Bethphage = house of unripe figs
Roman Road = 17miles long
Spectacular panoramic view of the city
Mount of Olives - leading to messianic entry
The Person
Jesus - disciples -
We don’t know who went… no matter
The Purpose
The Lord’s need
must have been pre-arranged
The Lord needs them = owner / God / Jesus…
what is the point…?
The Scriptures
Matthew 21:4–7 ESV
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “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.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.
The Scriptures Proved
Obedience - Jesus was being obedient to God the Father
Prophesy = Zec 9.9 & Gen 49.10-11
King David’s return after defeat of Absalom - triumph / humble / peace 2 Sam 19-20
Ps 118.25-26 = the people shout
Zechariah 9:9 ESV
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Matthew leaves out “rejoice greatly” & “righteous and having salvation”
emphasis on the prince of peace = humble & meek
V2 = Them - Donkey & Colt…
beast of burden / horse of war
unarmed / plain clothes
needed its mother because it had never been ridden!
The Servants Provided
A curious request
Why do this now in this way?
Teaching a lesson that would stick…
The Saviors Proclamation
Jesus planned this
This is the only time in His ministry that Jesus planned and promoted a public demonstration / before he told them not to speak of him…
This is the only time Jesus is ever reported to have ridden an animal - walk
Tradition would facilitate that one ride up until within walking distance and enter on foot
The time of concealment is over!!!
Jesus forcing a response
The leaders had to notice / had to respond
The people notice / respond
The disciples / notice / respond
we today notice / respond
The Scene
Matthew 21:8–9 ESV
8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!”
The People
Crowd of Israelites
Passover = around 2 million people
Context of Scripture = raised Lazarus = crowds - plural!
Galilee & City / Sojourners
The Palms
Cloaks & palms
The crowd spreads their cloaks on the road… think of it - 2 Kgs 9.13 = Jehu
John specify palm branches = (cloak Sunday) = Rev 7.9 - palms
Victory Parade … ?
The Praise
Psalm 118:25–26 ESV
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
Hosanna = [save us] / in the Highest
Son of David = messianic title
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
The Son of Man
Matthew 21:10–11 ESV
10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
The Question
Jerusalem - city of Israel - People of God
Who is this?
The Answer
Prophet - Jesus - Nazareth
Jesus asks this same question previously...
Matt 16.13-17 = who do people say that I am?
The High Priest asked this question later…
Matt 26.63-65 = are you the Christ the son of God?
The “lord of the land” would ask this question…
Matt 27.11 = are you the king of the jews?
For the people of Israel
Anywhere the Gospel is preached
for you…? for me…?
Your Answer!
When you are confronted with this message…

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Communion
Matthew 26:26–29 ESV
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
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