Sunday Morning, March 20, 1016

Homage or Decision (Palm Sunday)

Scripture: Luke 19:28-44

Introduction

Palm Sunday is “D day”—a day of decision. Its historical background reveals a world of difference between paying homage to Jesus and following Him. It seemed the great city of Jerusalem had accepted Christ and His way of life. On Palm Sunday, Christ’s success seemed assured, but by Friday He was crucified on a cross.

Jesus’ Ride Into Jerusalem Was an Act of Supreme Courage

  1. He exposed Himself before His enemies.
  2. He knew He would be rejected.

 

It Was a Time of Disappointment

Since Jesus had begun His ministry, He had been disappointed by Israel’s unbelief.

 

It Was a Claim to Be Their King

  1. His entry was the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9
  2. Christianity is mule religion—meekness and peace.
  3. Jesus entered as never before.
    1. There is no doubting what He was claiming: He was the real King of Israel.
    2. He was the eternal King promised by the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets.

 

Jesus’ Ride Into Jerusalem Was a Time of Sadness

  1. It was, as we see clearly now, the day of their visitation.
  2. It was a time Jesus wept because of their spiritual ignorance.
  3. It was a day they could have seized their one and only hope for peace.
  4. They were about to commit the greatest crime in the history of the world.

 

It Was an Appeal to Make a Decision

  1. He was calling the people to a decision.
    1. He taught, preached, and performed miracles among them for three years.
    2. His was the question of Elijah: (1 Kings 18:21).
  2. Jesus is asking today for a decision.
    1. He wants us to accept Him as King and Lord.
    2. He wants us to make our hearts His throne.
    3. He wants us to keep His words as rules for our lives.
    4. He wants us to seek His pardon and forgive others.

Conclusion

Is this our day of visitation? Do we understand what He is trying to say to us? Do the things we know about and covet belong to our peace, or do they belong to ourselves? We can’t be drifters all our lives. Life is not the tossing of a coin—heads or tails—or making a decision based on the advice of a television psychic. We must allow Christ to take us captive.


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