Posts Tagged 'Palm Sunday'

Snapshots from Mark: Fanfare of the Fronds

Snapshots from Mark: Fanfare of the Fronds Sermon Audio Here

Mark 11:1-11

I’ve been watching the “House of Windsor” documentary. I’ve noticed that every time the Queen shows up somewhere, a fanfare is played. When do WE hear fanfares today? Olympics, and beginning of movies. What would a fanfare that reflected every day life sound like? Maybe THIS??

How Can We Join Jesus As He…

Prepares A Plan ~ Mark 11:1-6

  • 1/6 never forget: 1) the Lord has a plan;
  • 2) He doesn’t always share all the details – just enough to get us moving

Plans To Praise ~ Mark 11:7-11

  • 7/9 notice the evidence of forethought: these disciples KNEW they were going to be proclaiming Jesus in public
  • 10 signal the social setting: let the people know what’s coming (Messiah)
  • 11 Jesus goes to the TEMPLE, not the Palace (a clue: praise, not protest)

Jesus spent His life dedicated to the service of the Father. To make that work, He had to Pray (listen), Prepare (gather what was needed), and Perform (carry out the plan to praise). Our turn!

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Lent: Our Reception

Lent: Our Reception Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 21:1-11

In computer terminology, a “handshake” is an exchange of signals necessary for two-way communication. How does God “signal” us that He is at work?

God Readies His People To Receive

Notice the Preparation ~ Matthew 21:1-5

  • v1/3 Jesus functions as PROPHET; because of vs 3 “IF anyone says anything”
  • => PROPHET – one chosen by God to listen for and tell others the Word of the Lord
  • v4/5 Prophecy points to Jesus as KING; segue to next section

Notice the Reception ~ Matthew 21:6-11

  • v8/9 Crowds received Him as KING: cloaks on the road just like King Jehu in Old Testament (2 Kings 9:13)
  • => KING – one invested with authority
  • Crowds received Him with joy: palm branches as expressions of joy (Lev. 23:40; 1 Maccabees 13:51)
  • v10/11 Crowds recognized Him as PROPHET

Final questions:
1) Since Jesus is Prophet: How will you LISTEN for God’s Word?
2) Since Jesus is King: how will you FUNCTION under God’s authority?
3) Since Jesus is Savior: How will you WELCOME Jesus as He approaches?


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