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Flip the Script

Key Scripture: John 12:12-19

Palm Sunday. The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. “The Triumphal Entry.” But have you ever wondered what made it so triumphant? After all, didn’t they crucify Jesus at the end of the week? Many people at that time sided with Jesus for the same reason some Pharisees and others sided with Rome. They thought Jesus could do for them what Rome had done for their rulers—deliver them from the oppressive system under which they lived and make their lives better. Jesus never did what they wanted him to do, so they quickly changed their minds and wanted to get rid of Him. However, God had a much different and much better plan. He has a better plan for your life today, as well. Will you choose His script, or insist on your own?

Scripture References: Isaiah 55:8-9, Zechariah 9:9, Luke 19:41-44, Psalm 118:22-24, Romans 5:1-2, Romans 8:28

That You May Believe

We all believe in something. Faith is a regular part of our lives. We trust our car will start when we turn the key, that the chair will hold us when we sit down, that our company will pay us when we go to work. Yet, some things we have difficulty believing, even when the evidence is overwhelming. The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is a matter of historical fact. After He rose from the dead, He appeared to more than 500 of His followers on at least eight different occasions over a 40-day period. He came back to life so that you, too, could have life in His name. Will you believe?

Scripture References: John 20:1-10; John 20:11-18; Luke 1:1-4; John 20:24-29; John 19:35; 1 Corinthians 15:5-6; John 20:30-31; John 20:19-23; Genesis 2:7; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:4

Rise

Life – like the sea – stretches out toward a horizon that is always in front of us, yet usually seems distant. Every ripple and wave is another moment of time that passes us by. Life is also filled with uncertainty and can bring many storms. We do our best to build boats for ourselves, systems and structures that give us a sense of security and help us weather the storm. Eventually, though, we realize our boat is inadequate. In those moments when life seems to have it out for us, we must look up. Jesus is near. He takes our greatest fears and places them beneath His feet. The Resurrection proved once and for all that even Death has been placed under His authority. He rose so that we might rise – so that we might walk in newness of Life and Freedom. Do you hear Him speaking to you? “It’s Me. Don’t be afraid.” If so, take Him in!

Scripture References:  John 6:16-21; Acts 4:32; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27a; Revelation 1:17b-18; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:35, 38-39; Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Philippians 3:20; John 14:6

 

Hosanna

According to the Gospels, before entering Jerusalem, Jesus was staying at Bethany and Bethphage, and John 12:1 states that he was in Bethany six days before passover. While there, Jesus sent two disciples to the village over against them, in order to retrieve a donkey that had been tied up but never been ridden, and to say, if questioned, that the donkey was needed by the Lord (or Master) but would be returned.

Jesus then rode the donkey into Jerusalem, then the disciples first put their cloaks on it, so as to make it more comfortable. As Jesus approaches Jerusalem, he looks at the city and weeps over it.

Jesus then enters the city ridding on a donkey as the people begin to spred their cloaks and palm branches down before Him crying out Hosanna.
 

  • John 12:12-16
  • Romans 3:23-24
  • Romans 8:1-2
  • Romans 6:7-8
  • Revelation 21:4
A King Divided

“It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help but with no intention to obey Him.” – A.W. Tozer

Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise welcoming Him as King. Sadly, most of those shouting had no idea what they were saying - or even who He really was. How do we know? Because a week later they were yelling "Crucify!" (Matthew 27). Every day, many people welcome Jesus into their lives, but many of these have no idea what that means or Who He really is! Not long after they pray a prayer, they live as if He's "dead" to them. There’s no evidence of His life in theirs. To know Jesus as Savior is to know Him as King. He cannot be divided.