“And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” Matthew 21:9
This morning we celebrated Palm Sunday with a message on the triumphal entry of Jesus. As. Jesus entered Jerusalem, worship erupted because people are naturally drawn to excellence. In the presence of Jesus, we can’t help but worship.
Before going into an extended time of worship, we took a look at Matthew 21:1-11. At the time of Jesus’ entry, parades and celebrations were common for kings and rulers. This entrance was different because Jesus was, and still is, the only One worthy of all of our worship.
THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY STARTED WITH AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE.
Jesus told His disciples to go and get a donkey for Him to ride into Jerusalem. Honestly, it was kind of an odd request. The disciples had already seen Jesus as trustworthy, so no matter the request, obedience was normal. We are also called to obedience. When we choose to take that step of faith and obey, we see the grace of God personified. Obedience is the beginning of the journey into the glory of God.
JESUS CAME IN ON A DONKEY TO SAY, “I AM WITH YOU.”
Jesus didn’t ride in on a great white horse or on a chariot. He came in with humility to show us that He is with us, not above us. We express our worship when we too, choose to take on humility. When we go low, the enemy loses his advantage and we can see with a right perspective. Humbling ourselves draws the presence of the Lord.
WE WANT TO GIVE GOD OUR BEST, NOT OUR LEFTOVER ENERGY.
We worship through obedience, humility and in giving Jesus our best. When we choose to worship and spend time with Jesus first thing in the morning, we establish Jesus as central.
IF WE DON’T WORSHIP, THE ROCKS WILL CRY OUT.
We were made for worship. We declare victory every time we choose to worship regardless of our circumstances.
EASTER EVENTS //
Stations of the Cross: Stop by the Prayer and Equipping Center anytime throughout the week for self-guided prayer and reflection centered around the stations of the cross. This is a great activity to do with your family, as a Lifegroup or individually.
Good Friday Communion Service: This Friday, join us for a communion service at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. This will be a stripped-back, contemplative evening as we take time to pause and reflect on all Jesus did for us.
Easter Sunday Services: We will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at our Easter services at 9 and 11 a.m. We hope to see you there!