Text (Luke 19:38a) “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (New International Version)
Well today is Palm Sunday. What happens in the church today? What do we talk about?
We remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Men, women, and children placing clothes and palm branches on the ground so the donkey could walk on them.
Why did the people do that? The disciples started telling to all who would listen stories of the miracles Jesus had performed. The crowd kept getting larger. More clothes on the ground more branches.
Matthew one of Jesus disciples, talks about when they arrived in Jerusalem and the people who heard all the noise wondered, “Who’s this?”
Luke tells us the disciples started saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Wow, a king. Do you think some of the crowd thought maybe Jesus was coming to be their King?
What happened to Jesus later that week? Did he stay an earthly king long? He was only the crowd-pleasing king for a day. Kind of like your birthday. Everyone ones comes over sings to you. You get to open presents, maybe blow out the candles on your cake. Just like getting a crown at Burger King. You are King for a day.
Did they make fun of Jesus as king later that week? He was made to wear a crown, this time of thorns. They even put a sign above his head that said, “King of the Jews.”
The crowd on Palm Sunday thought the Jesus was going to spend next weekend in the Palace, not in a tomb.
In one week he went from King for a day to the King of Kings.
Hymn “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”¾ Jeannette Threlfall
Prayer-Dear Lord, Thank you for coming on a donkey as a healer, and leaving this world as our King of Kings. Amen
Prop-A birthday crown from Burger King. I don’t even think you need one. They know what it is.
by William Bode