March 28, 2021

Experiences with Jesus on Palm Sunday

Passage: Luke 19:28-44

March 28, 2021

Palm / Passion Sunday

Online Worship Service

Welcome and Call to Worship

Hymns:

- “Ride on! Ride on in Majesty”

- “All Glory Laud and Honor”

Prayer of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer

What is Holy Week?

Hymn: "Rejoice the Lord is King"

The Scripture: Luke 19:28-44

Sermon: "Experiences with Jesus on Palm Sunday”

Hymn: “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our Blessed Redeemer”

Announcements and Mission Moment

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn: “God of Mercy and Compassion”

Commissioning and Benediction

- "Amen"

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Experiences with Jesus on Palm Sunday

Luke 19:28-44 "Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem"

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Passion Week.

The story starts when Jesus sent two disciples to bring him a colt. Jesus was making a public proclamation that he was entering the city as the king of peace not as a conqueror.

The crowd gathered on both sides of the road. Excitement filled the whole city. The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and of victory in Jewish tradition.

In the Crowd, there were two groups:

those who were crying “Hosanna”… “Save us now”, Save us from The Romans.

and those who loved him and experienced Him as lord and saviour:
People who listened to him as he spoke with authority.
people whose lives had been changed.

I can imagine some people in the second group:

Bartimaeus….
Zacchaeus.....
The 10 lepers….
Jairus....
Lazarus, Mary and Martha....
Judas….
Peter…..
Thomas…..
Hames and John….

Also, the spiritual leaders were there...
the Scribes and the Pharisees were there....
The Romans were there as the military power...

They were all there in Jerusalem: loving faces, evil faces, anxious apostles, crowds crushing against one another to be near and to see Jesus...

Jesus Knew that the "Hosannas" soon will turn into "Crucify Him!" or simply standing aside, saying nothing at all.

verses 41-44:

41As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it,42saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes.43Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will surround you, 44They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you and they will not leave within you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

His heart was weeping. He knew that although many in the crowd loved him, yet their faith was weak, and they would soon desert him.

Today, just like the people of Jerusalem, we find ourselves in the presence of Jesus. I wonder what He finds when He looks into our faces?

Do you see yourself as one of these characters I mentioned before in the Palm Sunday crowed?

Perhaps you met him a long time ago, perhaps he changed your life, or opened your eyes. Perhaps you experienced Jesus in a very special way. Perhaps you have rejected his visit in your life.

How is your relationship with Jesus today ?

Amen.

Rev. Samer Kandalaft
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church - Kemptville
Knox Presbyterian Church - Mountain
www.stpaulskemptville.ca
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