March 25, 2019

Welcoming Jesus to the Gates of Our Lives - John 12:12-16

"Kids all wait in line for days to buy a ticket to some gigantic rock concert. There's a rock concert where 16 people were literally literally smothered. Some of them almost smothered to death."

Family Discussions:

  1. What would people do if Jesus came to your town?
  2. What star would would you go across the street to see what? What star would you rush to see?
  3. Who would you rather spend the night at your house? Your favorite actor, your favorite singer, your favorite icon or Jesus?
  4. Why did the crowds say on this palm Sunday, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"?

Transcription:

00:14  This passage today, I can't wait to share with you. This is not only one of the greatest days that we celebrate each year before Easter, but uh, but this day was actually prophesied, uh, about 600 years before it ever happened by the Prophet Daniel. Here we go. This is awesome. John 12 verses 12 through 16, and it says this, "The next day the great crowd had come for the feast. They had heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took some palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna, Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.' Jesus found a young donkey and sat up on it as it is written, 'Do not be afraid O Daughter of Zion. See, your King is coming on a donkey's colt.' At first, his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they see that

01:13 They realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him." We call it Palm Sunday. Bless him who comes in the name of the Lord? This is awesome. Now you and I watch sometimes, you know, kids, you know, all wait in line for days to buy a ticket to some gigantic, you know, rock concert. I read about another rock concert where 16 people were literally literally smothered. Some of them almost smothered to death. It's 50,000 people, you know, crowded this stage at another, you know, rock concert. Uh, you, you know, you, you see, you know, television or maybe you've been to some of these concerts where tens of thousands will scream themselves breathless as, you know, some of these, you know, rock stars play their songs. What would we do if Jesus came to town?

02:06 Who would it be like, you know, the rock stars traveling these gigantic jets. Jesus came on a donkey, I heard about one, you know, rock star who made $161,000 a day. Uh, you know, uh, I mean, he could, he could walk down a sidewalk of gold into his concerts. Jesus rode in on simple palm leaves. Uh, you know, the stars are raised up on the stage, you know, with thousands of lights around. Jesus was raised up on a Roman cross. Funny thing about that. The stars will be forgotten almost, you know, after they played their last chorus. Jesus' song of love will be number one forever. What a paradox. Hey, here's the questions today. What would people do if Jesus came to your town? And then what star would, uh, would you go across the street to see what, what star would you rush to see? Um, well, let me ask you this question. Who would you rather spend the night at your house? Your favorite actor, you know, your favorite singer, um, your favorite icon or Jesus? And then, um, this is a good one. Why did the crowds say on this palm Sunday, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"? And here's the lifeline. Can you imagine the home, what it would be like if you gave Jesus the welcome he deserves every single day when he shows up at your Bible study?

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