|Series Theme: "Faith Sermons"|
Title: 13. Palm Sunday Speaks
Reading No.1 Mt 21:1-15
Reading No.2 Jn 12:12-19
1. What Happened
Facts from Matthew, Mark & Luke:
v.2 borrows a donkey never ridden before special
donkey not a lowly animal as today a subservient animal for carrying kings
Judg 10:3,4 He was followed by Jair of Gilead , who led Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. (Princes)
2 Sam 17:23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. (a senior counselor)
a king on a horse = war; a king on a donkey = peace
Jesus was coming in Peace
v.4 Matthew notes the prophetic significance
v.8 large crowd hears and cover the road
2 Kings 9:3 They hurried and took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, "Jehu is king!"
v.9 Hosanna save now, or save us now a plea
Facts from John, many years later:
2. The Outcome
3. The Significance of Palm Sunday
Appendix: Palm Sunday - background material
1. Easter - Predicted by Jesus
There was no accident about Easter. Jesus had spoken a number of times to his disciples about what would happen, for example:
Mt 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Mt 20:17-19 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem , he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem , and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"
2. Easter God's Plan
the day of Pentecost the apostle Peter preached and summarised all that
i.e. it was God's plan but executed by sinful men.
3. Easter Controlled by Jesus
It is clear from the Gospel records that by the various things Jesus did in the week and weeks before Easter, he was pushing the tolerance of the religious authorities to breaking point so that eventually they would move against him.
He raised Lazarus from the dead and became a hero
He encouraged a hero's welcome in Jerusalem
He taught in the Temple precincts and upset the religious leaders.
4. Palm Sunday the Curtain rises
Jn 12:12-15 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem . They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel !" Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion ; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt.
Jn 12:16-19 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him. Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"