The Three Lessons of Palm Sunday

(MatthewLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » 21:1-11)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

Santa Ana United MethodistThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », Santa Ana, CAHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »

Palm Sunday, April 09, 2017; 9 AM

 INTRODUCTION

Today is Palm Sunday and it is appropriate to recall the historyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » of this event. The celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of Palm Sunday originated in the Jerusalem Church around the late fourth century. The early celebration consisted of prayers, hymns, messages recited by the priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » while the people walked to various holy sites throughout the city. There are three (3) importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » lessons that we can get from our passage today.

(1) THE COOPERATION OF THE PEOPLE (vv.1-3)

Matthew 21Leaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... »:1-3 narrates, Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » two disciplesHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » needs them,’ and he will send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » them at once.”

There are two scenarios that we can deduce here: (1) Jesus had prior arrangement with the owner of the two animals. That’s why when he commanded his two disciples to get them, the owner gave them to his disciples. (2) Jesus knew in his mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » that there were 2 animals in that village, and he asked his disciples to utter the “magic wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »”—“The Lord needs them!

Whatever happened then we don’t knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the details, but we know that the people involved cooperated with what Jesus had in mind. I am inclined to believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that when Jesus told, through his two disciples, He needed the 2 animals, the owner immediately gave them to his disciples. He was an awesome believer of Jesus ChristCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». He could giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » whatever he had had just to offer his services to Jesus.

In our modern times, GodCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » is asking our cooperation with His will but are we attentive enough to hear them? Are we goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » followers of God? Are we willing to sacrificeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » for the gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of God? Jesus’ religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » is not easy, it demands our sacrifice, and it demands sacrificial actions.

Our passages challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » us to become bold in our faithThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... », strong in our faith and endure hardship for the glory of God. In the book, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Ruth Tucker writes about Dr. Eleonor Chestnut. After arriving in China in 1893 under the American Presbyterian missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » board. Dr. Chestnut built a hospital, using her own moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » bricks and mortar. The need for her services was so great, she performed surgery in her bathroom until the building was completed“It is Finished!”. Read more ... ». There was one operation that involved the amputation of a common laborer’s leg. Complications arose , and skin grafts were needed.

A few days later, another doctor asked Dr. Chestnut why she was limping. “Oh, It’s nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »,” was her terse reply. Finally, a nurseMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » revealed that the skin graft for the patient, a coolie, came from Dr. Chestnut’s own leg, taken with only local anesthetic. Indeed she suffered for her missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » to serve the people of God.

Not only that in 1905 during the so-called Boxer Rebellion, Dr. Chestnut and four other missionaries were killed by a mob that stormed the hospital.

I am asking myself, can I sacrifice myself when the timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » comes? How about you brothers and sisters, are you willing to sacrifice for the glory of God? Are you willing to give upA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » your lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », your money or even your citizenship and freedomThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » just to glorifyPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » God?

(2) THE CONSUMMATION OF THE PROPHECYProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » (vv.4-8)

Matthew 21:4-8 says, this took placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » to fulfill what was spoken by the prophetGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... », saying, “Say to the daughter of ZionProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », ‘Behold, your kingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » is coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to you, humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burdenBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ».’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branchesThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » from the trees and spread them on the road.

    In this passage, it reveals the completionThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of God’s prophecy in Zechariah 9:9.  “RejoiceIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteousThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » and having salvationThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

In Biblical times, the regional custom called for kings and nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », those who rode upon them proclaimed peacefulThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that the king or dignitary was arriving in victory (Santa Ana Bulletin). Jesus came with humilityPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » and yet with appropriate dignity. Instead of marching on the streets like a conquering general, he comes with humility, and he comes as the PrinceA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » of Peace.

 (3) THE COMING OF THE GREAT PROPHET OR THE PRINCE OF PEACE (vv.9-11)

Matthew 21:9-11 says, the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “HosannaThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » to the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » of David! BlessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » is he who comes in the nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd showed their lovePut on the Breastplate of Love. Read more ... » by spreading their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. People are shouting “Hosanna to the Son of DavidThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... »! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  Hosanna means saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » now!” or “O save!”

CONCLUSION

Palm Sunday is also a day of reflectionHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Today is an appropriate time to reflect on our faith. Let us close our eyes and let us reflect on these words: How’s our faith and ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » actions for the past year? When we offer today the palms at the altar of God, can we say to ourselves that he comes as the Prince of Peace in our heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »? Is Zechariah’s prophecy consummated“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » in our lives? Can we cooperate with Jesus’ mission on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... »? Can we give up everything in our lives just to realize his missions?

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