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Rev. Tony Holifield
Rev. Carl Palmer
The people of Jerusalem were so excited when Christ entered the city, but this excitement soon turned to anger as they shouted "crucify him." They were only fans for a moment, far from followers. Even the disciples scattered for fear of what might happen to them. Are you a fan or follower of Christ?
Many times Jesus rejected the people's efforts to elevate him to a position of authority, but today we celebrate the first time he allowed them to call him "King"
During this Holy Week, it's appropriate to think about Jesus going to Jerusalem, preparing to sacrifice his life. This is the ultimate act of obedience and act of worship. Obedience and Worship cannot exist without each other. You can’t have obedience without worship, and you can’t worship without obedience.
The importance of Holy Week as we call it is seen in the Gospels where one-third of Mark’s Gospel and one-half of John’s Gospel are devoted to just the events from Palm Sunday to Easter. This is where we are given the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior from sin, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This is why He came to earth. For the first time in His public ministry Jesus choses to make a very public appearance and even draw attention to Himself. And He does it at a time when there are hundreds of thousands of Passover pilgrims in Jerusalem. Publically He rode into Jerusalem. Publically He went into the Temple. Publically He was brought before the high priest and Pilate and condemned. Publically He was led to Calvary and crucified on a cross. Publically He died and that death was the “life of the world” (John 6:51). The Triumphal Entry story is related in all four of the Gospels and it’s intended by the Holy Spirit to be something we know and learn from. I want us to see in this story four aspects of Jesus’ character and I want us to see that His display of these four character traits is not just to save us from our sin, but to give to us these traits in the things we face. Jesus doesn’t just do this for us, He gives them to us. The cross He took up He also enables us to take up, but in His strength and ability.
On the first Palm Sunday the Jews worshipped Jesus as their Messiah as he entered Jerusalem. But in the days that followed, their devotion to him was put to the test. The test revealed that they were worshipping Jesus for who they wanted him to be, not for who he really was, and when they found out who he really was they wanted nothing to do with him. By Friday they joined their religious leaders in calling for his execution. Their example leads us to ask ourselves, "Am I following Christ for who I want him to be, or for who he really is?"
On this day in history, back in 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act which required colonists to provide temporary housing for British soldiers. In 1855 Manhattan Kansas was founded as New Boston, KS. In 1898 the first automobile was sold. While there are other notable events that have happened on March 24th throughout the years, they all fail in comparison to something else. On, "this day in history" around 1,980 years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem hailed as a King. Where would you have been if you lived back then? Fortunately, because of God's grace, He has extended an offer that makes where we would have been "on this day in history" around 1,980 years ago...or where we would have been "this day in history" this coming Friday irrelevant. He has given us a gift...a gift enabling us to change sides.