When Jesus concluded his public ministry to the Jewish people (John 12.37-50), John remarked at how few people actually believed in Jesus, despite his presence, his words and his miracles. This was to be expected, though, given the prophecy John noted at the beginning of the gospel (1.11) and that he quotes from Isaiah. “Unbelievable” is what some people thought Jesus’ ministry was; but others knew better. How can we share our faith story with others? Learn that by watching below. (The message itself starts at 30:53.)
In John’s rendering of the Palm Sunday story – the Triumphal Entry – in John 12.12-19, his emphasis is different from that of the other gospel writers. He focuses on the crowds. So for this message, that’s what I decided to do, too: since Easter is next weekend, we need to be ready for whatever “crowds” the Lord will bring our way. I learned the main points of this message from a webinar put on by The Rocket Company a few weeks back. Have a listen, or a watch, and see if there is a way you can be ready for guests!
How does Palm Sunday relate to contemporary life? One answer comes to us from the traditional Palm Sunday hymn by Bishop Theodulph of Orléans, a 9th century church leader who was imprisoned: “All glory, laud, and honour, to Thee, Redeemer, King”.
What does it mean for Jesus to be Redeemer King? Based on John 12.12-19, listen here:
Or catch the video on Facebook (which, this week, might seem a little shaky!):