Message by Josh Mutter – April 2, 2023
Big Idea: Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem can shape our understanding of Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Matthew 21:1-11 NIV As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
1. Jesus was a willing participant in the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
2. Jesus’ devotion to us endures, even if our devotion to him does not endure.
3. Jesus shows us an alternative path to victory.
- Read: Matthew 21:1-11 (or Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)
- Reflect: How can the events of Palm Sunday help shape my understanding of Good Friday and Easter?
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