Biblical Messages

Why the Crowds?

To us, the Triumphal Entry of Jesus might seem quaint, if we’re acquainted with the story at all.  In this service, we read John’s version of the story in John 12.12-19, and heard a message called “Why the Crowds?”  Watch the whole service if you like, or fast-forward to 34:50 for the message.

 

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Biblical Messages

Your King Is Coming

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!

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Biblical Messages

SONGS OF L(AM)ENT: Redeemer King

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!):

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Encouragement From The Word, Uncategorized

Hosanna!

This Sunday, the church marks the beginning of Jesus’ last week before his crucifixion and glorious resurrection with what we call “the triumphal entry” amid the waving of palms – thus the term “Palm Sunday”.  Today, take a moment and ponder this passage.  Ask what the Lord is saying to you in it, and how your “Hosannas” can avoid being transformed into shouts of “Crucify him!”

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.  (Mark 11.1-11, NIV)

“Hosanna” means “Save us!”

Let that be the cry of your heart to the Lord today.