Palm Sunday – Responding to a Revelation
March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday is a day of celebration, expectancy, and recognition. It is a time when Jesus’ completed His journey to the town of Jerusalem on His way to the cross; a time when the crowds acknowledged who Jesus was and celebrated His arrival.
Revelation = something revealed that was previously hidden
Matthew 21:1-16 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’” The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
Then the blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.”
But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise”
How do you see God ?
Acts 7:48 “However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So, you must honor God with your body.
4 Outcomes When We Worship in Response to a Revelation
1. Praise of the King
Matt. 21:8-9: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
• Praise is an invitation – Psalm 22:3
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
• Enthroned = to be established, The authority of God is ushered in on the praise of His people
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. – Lives
A revelation of God will always require a !
• Matt. 21:12: “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all…”
3. Praise Releases
• Matt. 12:14: “Then the blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them”
• Jesus doesn’t leave us in our brokenness and sin
4. Praise Defeats our •
Psalm 8:2 (AMP) From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have ordained praise and decreed power to stop Your adversaries, silencing and all who oppose You.
• Our adversaries/enemies can be varied: fear, poverty spirit, anxiety, addiction, failure . . .
• Psalm 149:1&6 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,