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Sunday, April 9, 2017

04092017 Palm Sunday Sermon - Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!

April 9, 2017
“Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!”
This morning we have heard the entire reading from Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, His betrayal, crucifixion, death and burial with the stone being set in place.  Today our focus should be not on ourselves, but on what is to come, what we have heard Jesus saying, doing and enduring for each and every one of us during Holy Week. 
Today begins the journey that leads to the Cross of Calvary and it begins with Jesus.  “Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!”  Jesus journey began in a lowly manger, led Him into the wilderness to be tempted, brought Him onto the Sea of Galilee to still storms, feed the multitudes, heal the sick and raise the dead, each waypoint on his journey all lead to what we celebrate today.  Jesus triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.
Jesus entrance into Jerusalem, is not in quietness, but with celebration and great fanfare.  Jesus entrance is not as one who would be ridiculed, spit upon, beaten and lashed to within an inch of His life, but with robes by the rich and palm branches by the poor placed on the ground so His feet would not become dirty.  This Man, Who is willing to ride on the colt the foal of a donkey rides on the humblest of beasts, a beast of burden.  For “Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!
For what is to come as we have just heard is not ‘a walk in the park’, not what any normal person would want nor desire.  But Jesus Christ is not ‘normal’.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Jesus Christ comes freely, gladly and lovingly to take away the sin of the World.  Jesus is strengthened for the coming days by His Father, because He, Jesus Christ is doing His Father’s Will.  Jesus rides into Jerusalem in order to ultimately on the Cross of Calvary, offer us eternal life.

Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!”  The destination is not unknown, the time is not a mystery, the cost is not cheap.  Jesus Christ is led into Jerusalem to give us the victory over sin, death and the devil, through His death in order that we will be in His Kingdom for all eternity and offered eternal life and the salvation of our souls.  And Jesus Christ offers us eternal life out of His great love for us and for all of mankind, but especially for all of us saints gathered here this Palm Sunday morning who believe “Jesus is led into Jerusalem to strengthen Him for what is to come!!”  AMEN.

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