This is the manuscript from the sermon I preached online for West Bradenton Southside this week.
Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28 – 40, John 12:12 – 19
Easter is a time when we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During this time, we are reminded of the humiliating and excruciating painful death our savior endured to atone for our sins. As Christians we remember that Jesus died for our sins and we rejoice in the truth that he rose from the grave. We celebrate Easter because He is alive today and seated at the right hand of the Father.
The Bible tells us Jesus endured the cross and rose from the dead so that anyone who puts their faith and trust in him will share in the resurrected life he offers to all who confess their sins, repent and believe on His name. I will speak more specifically about this next week.
Today is Palm Sunday, and this day begins “Holy Week”. My goal for today is to talk about the four separate accounts of the same event that is called Jesus’ triumphal entry or more commonly known as Palm Sunday found in the Gospels. This event is one of a few occurrences that is recorded in all four Gospels in the life of Jesus. While all four are similar in subject there are some differences in the way the accounts are re-told. Today we will look at these accounts collectively as we read about and celebrate the significance of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry.
The Story – (Outline)
Today we celebrate and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by joining the multitudes by proclaiming “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Now, we know what comes next, but the people who were emphatically proclaiming Jesus as Messiah on this day did not. Eventually many of them will turn on him and joined the riotous mobs a few days later screaming “Crucify him!” “Kill the blasphemer!” “He is not our king!”
It’s easy to be like the multitudes and get caught up in the moment, have an intense emotional experience and rejoice over Jesus, but it’s temporal. When things don’t go your way, something bad happens or the excitement of the moment goes away so many people are quick to turn their back on Jesus and end up like the riotous mob that turned on Him and demanded his death.
The challenge and question before you today is, “Are you fully in?” Are you committed to be a full-on disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you willing to praise him in the glorious sunshine of the morning as well as the darkness of the night? Are we willing to put our cloak on the ground and praise the King of salvation? Are you determined to follow and are you committed to your Lord during the good times and during the troubled times? This is your challenge for today and for the week ahead. Praise the King for he has come! Praise the King for he has died a death that we deserve so that we might live. Praise the King for he is alive today and He dwells among us.
 Wright, N.T. (2004) Matthew For Everyone p. 67 Westminster John Knox Press
 Martin, J. A. (1985). Luke. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 253). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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