Celebration!

Palm Sunday is recognized by every Christian denomination that I am aware of as a day of celebration.

Mark 11:1-11

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”

So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”

And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”

11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. (NKJV)

I.  Celebration!

On the original Palm Sunday Jesus was coming to Jerusalem for the Passover.  He was well known throughout the land .  Lazarus had just recently been raised from the dead.  Jesus was welcomed to Jerusalem by crowds of people who recognized what He had done and praised God.

I remember in my childhood, growing up in a Lutheran church, Palm Sunday was a big deal. The children would march in and form a double line, holding palm branches up in the air.  The choir and then the minister would enter, all the while the organ would be playing joyfully.

I think that it is important to celebrate.

I am not talking now about Palm Sunday.  I am talking about celebrating other events in our lives.  Life is filled with a cycle of work and rest, struggles and victories. It is appropriate for us, as the people of God, to recognize what God has done in our lives and to celebrate the victories.

II.  Remember!

The Christian church certainly continues to remember Palm Sunday.

On that day, the crowd remembered the great things that they had heard and seen.

We have seen God’s blessings in our lives.  We should remember what God has done in the past for us, for our families, for our friends.

Sometimes, when times are tough, we forget that God has been very good to us.

We should remember what God has done.

III. Trust!

As we look into the future we can trust that God will be with us.  He will guide us.  He will protect us.  He will provide for us.  He will enable us to handle whatever circumstances we might face.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus looked ahead to the cross.  He knew what was coming.  He also knew that after the cross, would come the resurrection.

We do not know what the future holds for us.  We may  be called upon to endure severe tests or trials, but we may be assured that we will be victorious in the end.

Resurrection Day is coming!

Proverbs 3:5-6*

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

These are the sermon notes from 3/20/16.  All scripture quotes are from the New King James Version of the Bible.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

*This is the recommended memory verse for this week. 

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