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Matthew 21:8-9

“Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

(all) “Hosanna in the highest!”

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There is no song we could sing to honor the weight of your glory.
There are no words we could speak, to capture the depth of your beauty. (Psalm 100:5)

Jesus there’s no one like you. Jesus we love you, ever adore you.
There’s no one like you. Jesus we love you, ever adore you, Lord. (Psalm 86:6-10)

There is no sinner beyond the infinite stretch of your beauty.
How can we thank you enough for how you have loved us completely?  (Ephesians 5:21)

All we have, all we need, all we want is you. (Psalm 86:6-10)

Hosanna
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Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! (John 12:13)

T E X T   R E A D I N G

Mark 11:1-11

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus[a] sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

This is the Word of the Lord.

West Side: Thanks be to God.

S E R M O N

Palm Sunday 2020- “The King Enters” Mark 11:1-11

INTRO> Today, Palm Sunday starts what is known on the church calendar as “Holy Week” The word Holy literally means “separate” Which helps us understand why this week is so significant. There are 89 Chapters in all 4 gospels combined, out of those 89 chapters 29 of them focus only on Jesus last week. Andy Naselli to say “The Gospels are essentially passion narratives with extended introductions.” Today is about Jesus entrance into Jerusalem. Entrances are important. One entrance I will never forget is my wife on our wedding day. We got married on current river at a beautiful cabin that had 3 stories of stairs leading down to this huge deck that overlooked the river. Her Dad walked her down, in the white dress, it was so incredible. It was literally perfect. She said she kept telling her Dad, “Don’t let me fall…” lol!

CONTEXT> Palm Sunday is known as the “triumphal entry” The word triumphal is defined in the Oxford English dictionary as “done or made in order to celebrate great success or victory.” But in the passion narrative… Jesus hasn’t “won” anything yet.. he is actually going to.. die. What kind of victory is that? If Jesus is entering as a king… he is a king that dies? “Palm Sunday is the trojan horse of the Christian Holidays.”  Fleming Rutledge Why? well because… it’s not like anything that we would write up. You see the way that Jesus enters into Jerusalem means something….

      • Mark is writing to a Roman audience which is why he leaves out so many Jewish insights
      • Rome rule the known world at the time, Jerusalem is under Roman providence. Caesar was declared “the son go God”
      • Pilate is the governor in the Judea region at this time.
      • It’s the Passover week which means that literally thousands upon thousands of people are in the city.. and the Jewish people out number the Roman people.
      • What Pilate would do is ride into Jerusalem from the West, on his war horse and chariot. Horses were symboled of power and authority. (PIC)
      • Soldiers would bang their swords and they would even carry his trophies.

APP> Comparing and contrasting

Now look at how Mark is describing Jesus.

      • “colt” used 4x Not a battle horse but a common, ordinary work animal.
      • There is no army marching with him.

APP> Do you see the difference here?

        • One comes in with power and might seeking glory
        • The other comes in humble and what?
        • 100 years later, Rome fall and loses it’s power. When is the last time you even mentioned or though about pilate and his entrance… You see? who actually gets the victory?

Big Idea > Victory comes through humility

        • Only two ways to enter a conversation, on a horse with power or on a donkey with humility.
        • Only two ways to enter the work place
        • Only two ways to parent a child
        • Only two ways to view your marriage.

APP> But you see…. humility requires something… it requires trust. Who is going to look out for me? Who is going to defend me?

        • Everybody loves the verse in 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” but do you know what the verse before that is? “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6

CONTEXT> Notice what Jesus is doing in the first part of the passage, making all these arrangements. He seems to be very in control, why? Because he is.

        • 500 years before this God prophesied this very thing: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

Options on how to live:

      • Fear and Anxiety– God can’t handle the details.
      • Bitterness and Anger – God got it wrong
      • Humility and Faith- Trust in God when I don’t know.

Big Idea > Victory comes through humility

*Notice this last thing in verse 11: “he entered the temple and looked around…” he would have seen everything that was going on… especially the sacrifices… and knowing, in less than a week he was going to be the sacrifice

The next verse in the prophecy from Zechariah, says this : “I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

God is saying, I’m not going to “win” that way, through power and might… What wins is sacrifice…

But Jesus has another entrance… its his last recorded entrance…

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” Revelation 19:11-16

Big Idea > Victory comes through humility

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.

Revelation 7:9-12  “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

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In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid ground; firm through the fiercest drought and storm.   (Ephesians 2:19-21)

What heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are still and strivings cease!
My Comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I’ll stand.   (Psalm 23:4)

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me!
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny!   (Ephesians 3:16-19)

No power of hell, no scheme of man will ever pluck me from his hand!
’Til he returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.   (Hebrews 2:14-15)

There in the ground his body lay, light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave he rose again!   (Luke 24:3-6)

And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
for I am his and he is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ!   (Ephesians 2:4-6)

I find my strength, I find my hope, I find my help in Christ alone
When fear ascends, when darkness falls, I find my peace in Christ alone.
I give my life, I give my all, I sing this song to Christ alone!
The King of kings, the Lord of lords, all heaven sings to Christ alone! (Ephesians 2:4-6)   

In Christ alone who took on flesh, fulness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones he came to save.
’Til on that Cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied
for every sin on him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live.   (Romans 5:8-9)

Corporate Prayer

Heavenly Father, open our ears that we may hear you clearly.
(all) When we hear your Word, may we obey and rejoice with those who sang you into Jerusalem. We trust in you Father: You are our God.

Lord Jesus Christ, you emptied yourself for us. You set aside the glories of heaven and came to earth as the only Son of God.
(all) You were obedient unto death on a cross. We confess that you are our Lord, the glory of God the Father. We trust in you Jesus: You are our Lord.

Holy Spirit, even as you were with Christ,
(all) be with us that we may not fear the forces of this world that can only inflict death. We trust in you, Holy Spirit. You are our Helper.

Hosanna! God is with us.
(all) Hosanna! God is with us. Amen.

We encourage you to pray this out loud yourself or with your family after the service and continue to pray this prayer daily.

Oh Lord, you who are the refuge of the poor and needy, we ask that you would save us from the pestilence that stalks in the darkness and the plague that destroys at midday. Be our sun and shield. Be our fortress. Be our comfort this day. May we not fear any evil but rather trust in your might to save and your wisdom to guide, so that we may rest always in the shadow of the Almighty. In the name of the One who heals our diseases, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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