Jesus Shows True Power & Control
PALM SUNDAY & Jesus’ Power & Control
Jesus showed Emotions.
Cheers & Tears
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the shouts of Hosanna, fulfilling an old prophecy in Zechariah 9:9.
“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.”
(Ex. 12:3 10th of Nisan, select a lamb)
“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! Then 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.”
“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ I tell you,” he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”
Before Palm Sunday Jesus said:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing…you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to SERVE, and to GIVE his life as a ransom for many."
BUT some want to be SELF-SERVING
How to and how not to use your “PALMS”
[Visual representations of how we use our hands]
Jesus walked into the Jerusalem Temple overturning tables where money exchange occurred, Roman drachmas were being exchanged for Jewish shekels. Roman coins were not allowed. The image of Caesar was a violation of the 1st commandment.
-Ex 4:20 No Graven Images
But the Temple authorities were using the Commandment as means to cheat the people and making the Temple a place of profit rather than a place of prayer.
Jesus says “No”
Jesus taught in parables, warned the people against the Pharisees, and predicted the destruction of the Temple. Jesus was tested by the Leaders.
Jesus cannot be verbally bullied.
Jesus uses wisdom
We know nothing. The Gospel writers are silent. Perhaps it was a day of rest for him and his weary and worried disciples.
In an upper room, Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples giving it a new meaning. No longer would his followers only remember the Exodus from Egypt, but they would also remember his broken body and shed blood. Later that evening in the Garden of Gethsemane he agonized in prayer about the cross.
THURSDAY and Jesus’ Power & Control
-The Last Supper
Jesus had more strength in his words
than the worlds mightiest army.
After his betrayal, arrest, imprisonment, desertion, false trials, denial, condemnation, beatings and sentencing, Jesus carried his own cross to "The Place of the Skull," where he was crucified with two other prisoners.
Jesus’ body laid dead in a tomb bought by a rich man named Joseph.
The stone had been rolled away. Jesus was alive. He appeared to Mary, to Peter, to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and to the 11 disciples gathered in a locked room. His resurrection was established as a fact.