Can you Hear me Now?
(Talk about Lent)
(Talk about our King, “lift up your heads…”)
What Jesus does is counter cultural. What he does is not usual, it is unusual. At the height of his popularity and at the place where he could seize power he doesn’t he instead chooses to identify with the people that he has been serving all along (elaborate). He tells his disciples to get a donkey, a beast of burden and not a steed.
· Protest Empire
· Protest Idolatry
What they Seen
What they Seen
Can you thing of any other response to the blessings of God besides praising his holy name? The bible tells us that the crowd that is here at this point are the very people who have been following him for some time. These were Jesus' disciples. This is more than just the twelve we thing of, those are the disciples known as apostles, but Jesus had some other people who began following him and his ways. I can only picture who was there.
I imagine Peters mother in law was there from ch.4
That man whose friends brought him to be healed from ch.
5 was there.That man whose hand was withered and Jesus made it whole in ch.
imagine that the widow and her only son who Jesus brought back from the dead ch.7
6I imagine that the widow and her only son who Jesus brought back from the dead ch.7the man who lived in the tombs with a Legion of demons in him ch.8some of those people who ate at Jesus' buffet with two fish and five loafs ch.9those disciples who Jesus gave power to heal to in ch. 10that mute man from who Jesus healed his speech in ch. 11that crippled man healed on the sabbath in ch. 13those prodigal son's who Jesus talked about in ch. 15Lazarus who was healed in John 11The one out of ten lepers cleansed who came back to worship in ch. 17Blind Bartimaeus who had faith to receive his sight in ch. 18And a little short tax collector who Jesus forgave in ch. 19
the man who lived in the tombs with a Legion of demons in him ch.8
some of those people who ate at Jesus' buffet with two fish and five loafs ch.9
those disciples who Jesus gave power to heal to in ch. 10
that mute man from who Jesus healed his speech in ch. 11
that crippled man healed on the sabbath in ch. 13
those prodigal son's who Jesus talked about in ch. 15
Lazarus who was healed in
The one out of ten lepers cleansed who came back to worship in ch. 17
Blind Bartimaeus who had faith to receive his sight in ch. 18
Blind Bartimaeus who had faith to receive his sight in ch. 18And a little short tax collector who Jesus forgave in ch. 19
And a little short tax collector who Jesus forgave in ch.19
And because they had been with him, and learned from him, they had seen and experienced what God was doing through Jesus. So, the logical response is to give God praise for what he has done.
You couldn't do it on your own.God didn't have to do in the first place.
Who would Save
Who would Save
So now these disciples are all caught up in the moment because of what God has done in their lives but that's not the only reason. They now a legal right afforded to them by the King of Kings. They are in procession, and a great procession at that. And the honoree in this procession is non other than the King Himself. Their selected hymn is (quote). This chant or lyric they are shouting is specifically intended to inaugurate the expected Messiah. Or in other words, this song was specially set aside for the arrival of Christ. So when Jesus is now on the scene, the disciples there are celebrating the King in their midst. Many of them, probably didn't understand completely what type of messiah Jesus was going to be, but that's neither here nor there right now. What is important is that they were now finally acknowledging their citizenship of the kingdom of God. Blessed is the King that comes in the name of the LORD.
Responsibility to Proclaim
Responsibility to Proclaim
We have a job as believers to give God the glory and worship due his name. God is a jealous God and He is about His worship. The bible says that at the end, "every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of God the Father." He is going to get His glory one way or the other. So why, if you are saved and blessed, should we dare to with hold that which belongs to God. Don't be a Pharisee.
Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day, and they had some major character flaws. They didn't think that there is a responsibility to praise God with thanksgiving even though they were there. (talk about them being in the crowd) Then they appealed to his dignity, "teacher", "Master". (preach on education and titles)
Rock of Protection-Mt Horeb where God hid Moses
Rock of Precaution-Where God was so holy it had is very presence
Rock of Provision-when God told Moses to speak to the rock ant it made water
Rock of Pyro- That is the rock that God used to how that his power was greater than Baals.
Rock of Presence- That is where Issac laid his head down to sleep and he saw heaven open up.
First he came on a donkey, next time he’s riding a white horse
First he came lowly, next time he’s coming victorious
First he came and they shouted “hosanna”, next time we will shout, “halleluiah”
First he came to carry a cross, next time he carrying a sword
First he came to be tried, next time he’s coming to judge.
First he wore a crown of thorns, next time he wearing a crown of righteousness
First he wore a torn purple robe, next time he’ll be wearing a white robe dipped in blood.
First he came to be crucified, next time he’s coming to clear his name
First time he came to be lamb of God, next time he is the Lion of Judah
First he came die, next time he’s coming to resurrect the dead