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Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
3 Points of Focus:
This being Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Passion Week. This week, in which great occurrences will take place. Christ will come face to face with dying on the cross, only to rise again on the third day for each of us to reap the benefit of a victorious new life in Christ Jesus. This will mark the final week of Jesus’s earthly ministry encompassed with many emotional events. Jesus Christ will come in riding on a borrowed donkey, His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The people will initially praise Him and later curse Him at the same time. His authority will be questioned by some of his most trusted followers and his own disciples will fail him and fall short of having his back. Christ will institute the Last Supper and set the record straight in fulfilling all Scripture that was God breathed in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.
1. Christ came publicly
Christ made his public entry into Jerusalem, four or five days before his death an event that has been recorded through out the Gospels. Jesus came without fear not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies in Jerusalem. He did not steal into the city incognito; but, he came in full observation, cheerfully, and with
acclamations of joy. He came supported by a divine authority, His heavenly Father.
Christ, came with all the applauds and accolades but Christ came to be about His Father’s business. Malachi 3:1-3 prophesied about the Lord coming, “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Christ made his way and came forth publicly as our conquering King and Savior to be about His Father’s business. At a time like this, we need to come forth professing Christ as our personal Savior to a dying world and a hope that lies within that God is in control. We should be praying and openly showing the love of Christ one to another, especially at a time like this.
2. Christ came humbly
Jesus came riding on a lowly animal, a colt, in a humble fashion. A borrowed colt. As a matter of fact, when Christ went out on the water to minister to the crowds from afar, it was in a borrowed boat. When Jesus instituted and ate the passover, it was in a borrowed chamber. When Jesus died, he was buried in a borrowed tomb. Scripture says in Matthew 8:20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Yet, Jesus came and fulfilled his purpose in a most humble fashion.
As Christians we need to take what we are going through right now as a humbly experience. While people of the world are walking around still in a state of selfishness and meanness, we should show humility. Look around at the doctors, nurses, first responders, maintenance crews, police, firefighters, EMT none are above reproach. As a nation this is the time to come together to give of yourself.
Paul as an apostle of Jesus Christ at one point in his last days said, “6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
Christ was coming to give of himself.
3. Christ came with all power
Christ came knowing what his end would be, that he was going to come face to face with death on the cross only to rise again on the third day, victoriously with all power in His hands. Scripture wraps it up best when it says, 16 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) Amen!