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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday: The Real Story

Notes: Palm Sunday: The Real Story
by Greg Laurie on Apr 14, 2019
Sunday morning
Scripture: Luke 19: 37-48
Harvest OC

What makes you really mad? 
Maybe being hungry, cell phones or other things. 

A Harvard study showed anger can actually effect your health.

There are actually good types of anger.

Ephesians 4:26,28 NKJV
[26] "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, [28] Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Jesus Himself was angry.

Palm Sunday is a significant day. It was the count down to Calvary.

Luke 19:11 NKJV
[11] Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

People thought Jesus was going to overthrow Rome’s army, but that’s not what He was there for.

Luke 19:37-42 NKJV
[37] Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, [38] saying: " 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" [39] And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." [40] But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out." [41] Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, [42] saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

His hour had come. Jesus came into town riding a donkey.

In Roman culture a war her would come in to town on a donkey.

The Jews knew what it could signify also.

Zechariah 9:9 NKJV
[9] "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Luke 19:38 NKJV
[38] saying: " 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Hosanna means save now.

Luke 19:41 NKJV
[41] Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

Why was Jesus crying?

Because His ministry was almost over. He healed their sick and raised their dead, yet they were about to reject Him.

Rejection and unbelief makes God sad.

What makes God mad?

Luke 19:45-46 NKJV
[45] Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, [46] saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"

God doesn’t lose his temper but He does expose His anger.

He flipped tables to show His anger with these people trying to take advantage of the people going to praise God.

God gets angry when we become a barrier to people coming to Christ.

Are you a bridge or a barrier to people coming to Christ?

Christ was criticized for being a friend to sinners.

A poll showed 25% of adults would go to church if a friend invited them to church.

Challenge: To the best of your ability invite and bring a nonbeliever to church this Easter.

When we come to Christ, our “temple is cleansed”.

Do you need a temple cleansing right now?

When you let little sins in your life, if you don’t address them you can be overcome by them.

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV
[8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Do you need to engage in a spring cleaning of your life?

Jesus can cleanse your temple today.

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