Palm Sunday 2022

STEVE McKENZIE   -  

April 10, 2022

Mark 11:1-11

THE PROMISED KING

  • To understand the scene unfolding before our eyes in Mark 11 it is important to know the history and expectations of the Jews at this time.
  • After a history of God’s promises, slavery, rebellion, captivity, and return to the Land – the Jews are currently under Roman occupation and desiring their freedom.
  • 500 Years before that Sunday, the prophet Zechariah wrote “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.”
  • In this tenses atmosphere, Jesus intentionally asks his disciples to bring him a colt for him to ride into Jerusalem. A statement that he is the true King.

THE MISUNDERSTOOD KING

  • The people are singing out “Hosanna” – meaning ‘Save us’ but most likely they were referring to salvation from the Romans.
  • They were worshipping Jesus for what they hoped he would do for them – not who he was and why he had come.

THE WATCHING KING

  • Jesus enters the Temple Mount and looks around, taking it all in. They day is late and Jesus will return to the Temple Mount tomorrow in response to everything he takes in.

APPLICATION

  • THE INTENTIONALITY OF JESUS
    • If we see the events of Holy Week as a series of unfortunate events then we will feel sorry for Jesus as though he inadvertently was swept up in political tensions.
    • If we see the events as intentional then we will watch and listen carefully to Jesus’ actions and words.
  • OUR MISUNDERSTANDING OF JESUS
    • Why do you worship or reject Jesus?
    • Do you worship Jesus in hopes that he will give you what you ultimately want or because he is the destination and source of our hope, joy, peace, and comfort?
    • Do you reject Jesus because of who he is and what he has done or because he didn’t give you something else that you wanted.
  • THE TRUE PURPOSE OF JESUS
    • Follow Jesus Together with us through Holy Week.
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