This Changes Everything!

March 24, 2024   /   Brad Myers   /   Cross Pointe Church

EASTER RESCUE! Palm Sunday Sermon Notes Pastor Brad Myers

This Changes Everything! March 24, 2024

Today: This Changes Everything.

  • Today, we are right in the middle of the Easter Rescue Series
  • Who is always “right in the middle” of any situation? JESUS!
  • We used Mary Magdalene, the Disciples, and Thomas
  • Today, I will use all of us “Right in the Middle” of a Palm Sunday crowd!

Thought: The phrase “this changes everything” is an expression used to convey that some event, discovery, or situation has a significant and far-reaching impact. It has the potential to alter a current situation or an understanding and may have an impact on future decisions and actions. It implies you may need to be reevaluate or reconsider your opinion considering the new information. Overall, it signifies a significant shift is needed that will redefine the way things were previously understood.

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  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything!
  • These changes started to show up in a large crowd on Palm Sunday.

My Thought: Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection. As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward the Cross. He had come to save the lost and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marks the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth

Jesus’ Ministry: people were changed..

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)

Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

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Jesus wrapping up earthy ministry

Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

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

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.

  • Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King: WHO SAYS? A CROWD!
  • Large crowd gathered and understood that Jesus was the Messiah;
  • They didn’t understand it wasn’t time for His kingdom yet.
  • Crowd spread coats and branches on the road. branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
  • Jesus was given the royal treatment.
  • Zechariah prophesied this event: Zechariah 9:9 400 years earlier

Zechariah 9:9 (NIV) The Coming of Zion’s King

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

  • Rejoice greatly: Prophetic word addressed to a large crowd.
  • Crowds looked for a rescue politically and free them nationally.
  • Jesus came to free them spiritually.

Thought: Jesus came to change hearts and minds not nations.

thought: Jesus’ idea of what changes everything did not align with certain crowds. Jesus is focused on a cross while a crowd is focused on a revolt.

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Large crowd have smaller crowds in them

Matthew 21:8 (NIV)

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

  • Introduction of two crowds: “while others.”
  • There was always more than one crowd.
  • Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
    The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
  • “crowd(s)”
  • Jesus is accustom to large crowds.
  • He was always around crowds for the entire three years.

Different crowds different people different motives.

Scientific Studies: Crowds

  • Five groups make up a large crowd. (crowds within crowds)
  • Sporting events, concerts, parades, public gatherings, church meetings, etc.
  • Jesus’ crowd was no different.

Palm Sunday Crowds

1. The Inquisitive Crowd (Curious Jesus Fans!)

  • Seen Jesus preach, teach, heal, and perform many miracles for 3 ½ years.
  • Followed Him on Palm Sunday to see what he’ll do next!
  • Curious: What’s in it for them!

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)

Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Thought: Curious crowd seekers are always hanging around hoping they will get something just because they’re part of the crowd.

  • Nothing wrong with being curious — up to a point.
  • It’s all right to ask questions but there comes a time when you should be able to answer those questions.
  • The Bible is packed with principles for living: Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
  • Be curious, take the initiative to search the scriptures for yourselves.

2. The Confused Crowd (Mixed Up bunch)

  • Lack understanding!

Matthew 21:10-11 (NIV)

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

  • “the crowds were stirred and asking questions.”
  • “Who is this” Means “Who really is this?”
  • Crowd answers “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
  • That’s all they could say.. They still didn’t really know!
  • Although they followed Him, they were confused about who Jesus was.
  • Today: confused people reference “Man Upstairs, Higher Power, etc.

Matthew 21:9 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,…

  • Two crowds: One ahead and one behind….

Thought: Whenever you try and go ahead of Jesus you’re bound to be confused.

3. The Pretender Crowd (Fake)

  • Palm Sunday crowd pretending to be committed to Jesus.
  • Not fully sold out.

Thought: Pretenders go through the motion, but their hearts are lukewarm.

Revelation 3:16 (NIV)

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

  • The crowd in the church of Laodicea became “lukewarm” and useless.
  • Pretenders are useless… fake.
  • Go through the motions.

 

Quote: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

4. The Opposition Crowd (The Resistance)

  • Pharisees and the Sadducees. Ruling class of Jews in Israel.
  • Religious leaders in the crowd.
  • Sadducees: Literal interpretation of the text of Scripture.
  • Pharisees: Gave credibility to oral interpretation.
  • Opposes Jesus and had a crowd of followers.
  • They never see a good in a situation, only the bad. Just like today!
  • Tend to promote their own interests and their own agendas.
  • Opposers try to tear down God’s people just like the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to do to Jesus.

5. The Committed Crowd (Pledged & Promise crowd!)

  • I pledge my life and promise to follow Jesus no matter what!
  • Mary Magdalene & Certain Women
  • Thomas (Doubting yes but committed!)

Thought: Most people claim to be in the committed crowd when it’s really the smallest group.

  • Committed followers recognize Jesus as Lord, and do what He tells them to do.
    • Thomas: “My Lord, My God”
  • Committed people follow Jesus’ instructions without questioning. (Bible)
  • Him or His motives and without murmuring and complaining.

Committed!

Matthew 21:6-7 (NIV)

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

Jesus arrested….Disciples changed to the Confused Crowd

Mark 14:50 (NIV)

Then everyone deserted him and fled……

Disciples show up here

John 20:19-22 (NLT) Jesus Appears to His Disciples

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.

A Palm Sunday crowd Changed Everything!

  1. It can determine your Christian experience.
  2. It can determine who you’re following.
  3. It can determine the value you place on the one you follow.
  4. It will reflect your faith.

 

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