The Palm Sunday Paradox

Text: Luke 19:28-40

Sermon by Rev. Aaron Dickerson

Jesus sends two disciples ahead to a village to fetch a colt tied to a post. He instructed the disciples to tell anyone who asked why they were untying the colt that the Lord needs it.  The disciples did as He instructed and brought back the colt.  Jesus rides the colt into Jerusalem.  The King of the Jews is entering the city riding a colt and not a great white stallion.  All throughout the bible, Jesus travels by boat or on foot, but for this entry into the city, He chooses to ride a colt.  This entry fulfilled the scriptures told to us in Zechariah 9:9 – The Coming of Zion’s King.  This humble entry is not how earthly kings entered into cities, thus the paradox.

Jesus knew what was going to happen in the future.  He knew that the colt would be tied up.  He knew the owners would inquire about why the colt was being untied.  He knew that Judas will betray Him and that Peter will deny Him.  He also knows the challenges and victories that will come into our lives.  He also knows our hearts.  All Jesus has to do is speak a word into our lives to make things happen-some are great or others are not so great.  We need to make sure that we are studying God’s word so that we know and follow His instructions for us.

The crowd gathered, spread their cloaks making a path for Jesus and joyfully cheered and praised Jesus, the King of Jews, for all the miracles that they had seen. Their focus was on Jesus and their thoughts on what they believed He came to do to make their lives easier.  The two disciples who went to get the colt remain nameless.  We don’t know who they were because the focus was not on them.  The focus was on Jesus and how important He is.  Our focus needs to be on Jesus not our problems and not on how He can make our lives easier.  Everyone in church isn’t looking for growth and success.  There are people who want to remain pew warmers and complain about what’s going on in the church.  Others may talk a great game but it’s all lip service.  Don’t just give God lip service.  We need to let our words and actions show faith and love towards God and others.  We must tell people about the goodness of God.  His praise should be forever in our mouths (Psalm 34:1).  We shouldn’t just praise Him during the good times but in our dark times as well.  Others need to hear our praise about how God has brought us through.  They need to hear it so that they know God can and will work it out for them too.  Satan is waiting and hovering around waiting to take your praise and your joy.  Don’t let him.

Jesus will take any and everything we give him except 2nd place.  He wants to be first in our lives. We must give Him our time.  Jesus’ birth brought hope to the earth. His death brought peace and salvation for us in heaven.  He died for all, but all won’t receive Him.

He gave His life for us.  What are willing to give Jesus?

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