Read John 12:12 - 19
In the Christian calendar year we observe two holy days specifically to commemorate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ they are Christmas and Easter. On December 25th (although this isn’t really the day he was born) we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who came into this world as a human. We recount the Nativity story of Joseph, Mary, little baby Jesus, the star, the Magi, and the shepherds which is our background for this special day. During Christmas we rejoice that God in human flesh came as the man Jesus and dwelt among us to show us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. At least this is what this one day of Christmas should represent to us believers.
Easter is the time we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is during this time we are reminded of the painful and grueling death our savior endured to atone for our sins. We also rejoice in the truth that Jesus didn’t stay dead; he rose from the grave and is alive today seated at the right hand of the Father. The Bible tells us Jesus did this so anyone who puts their faith and trust in him and live in obedience to him can also share in this resurrected life he offers us which we know as eternal life.
Lent signifies the sacred 40 day preparation of the believer for the Easter season. We also observe an entire week prior to resurrection day called Palm Sunday. Today is Palm Sunday and it ushers in the time that we call “Holy Week”. Since today is Palm Sunday and next week is Easter I have decided to push pause on our series “The Gospel of John: Jesus - The True Story” for this week and next in observance of these two significant events in the story of Jesus and celebrate that Jesus came to this earth to redeem humanity. He came so that all who believe in Him would have eternal life.
The Story – (Outline)
So many people (maybe even you) are like the crowd of people. When the reason for rejoicing and praise is before you; all the people around you are praising the name of Jesus and declaring Him king of your life. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and have an intense emotional experience. However when things don’t go your way or something bad happens so many are quick to turn their back on Jesus and find them like the riotous mob that turned on Jesus and demanded his death.
The challenge and question before us today is, “Are you in this for the duration?” Are you committed to being a full on disciple of Jesus Christ? Are you willing to praise him in the glorious sun shine of the morning as well as the darkness of the night? Are we willing to put our cloaks on the ground and praise the King for salvation? Are we determined to follow and commit to our Lord during the good times and also during the troubled times? This is your challenge for today and for the week. Praise the King for he has come! Praise the King for he has died a death so we might live. Praise the King for he is alive today and among us.
 Wright, N.T. (2004) Matthew For Everyone Part Two p. 67 Westminster John Knox Press
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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