Questions for Home groups: Palm Sunday sermon
Read the following passages before you answer the following questions.
Mark 11:9-10; Psalm 118:26-29 ; Luke 13:34-35.
In my sermon on Sunday I mentioned that Jesus was “making a statement” about WHO HE WAS, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Can you remember the three things that he was saying about himself:
*a.) I am the ……………………. ( See also Zach. 9:9.)
*b) I am the ……………………….( See also John 1:29.) (Mark 14:12-26
*c) This starts here and now! God gives us the opportunity to welcome Jesus into our lives now. He
has opened the door and He welcomes us to come and follow Him.
HOW DO WE REPOND? WHAT SHALL I DO?
How do I welcome him?
Well, just as Jesus enters Jerusalem as the King, and says: “I’m the King”
A. You and I need to recognise him as King.
That’s true for all of us. Some here today, may never have done that before! Well, today may be your opportunity (maybe your last chance) to do that.
To say: “Yes, Jesus, you are the King and I want to follow you as my king and Lord.
To acknowledge him as King; not just as Friend; or someone there to help me out when I am in trouble; but someone before whom we lay down our lives………..
You have to acknowledge him as King. You’re no longer in charge – He is.
Realise that I’m not going to take just a bit of what he says; the bits I like, and then add my own philosophies and do my own thing;
That’s not acknowledging him- that’s taking him as some kind of self-help guru. You have to say he’s King or not.
B. You have to also acknowledge him as the Lamb.
In other words you have to acknowledge and recognise that you need saving from yourself. You and I need someone who’s going to come and free us from all the stuff! Because you realise that you can’t fix yourself, and you can’t get yourself out of this habitual pangs of sinfulness. You want to break free but you can’t. You need someone to take the penalty and free you from the power of sin.
Jesus says: I’m the Lamb and I fulfil every sacrifice. You have to recognise him as the Lamb.
C. Then you have to do exactly as Jesus did; You have to surrender. You don’t have to sacrifice of bring anything to him to try to win his approval. You just surrender to him. That’s what you bring! YOU! And all your needs and then the promise of Scripture is this:
Just as Jesus is lifted up, so if you surrender to him, if you acknowledge him as King and say: “ I need a Lamb, a sacrifice because I cannot do this……
Just as you surrender so your life will be “lifted”. You will be re-made, made new.
I want to encourage you to welcome Jesus, not just the way you wave palms and then go away and forget all about him;
But, saying, Yes, Jesus you’ve got me!
For some of you it will be the first time you do that.
For others it will be “coming back home”
For others it will be to once again acknowledge that he is your King and sing with the Psalmist:
Baruch, Haba, B’shem, Adoniah. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
2000 years ago, Jesus (Looking out over the City of Jerusalem said: Jerusalem, O Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing……………….
I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, Baruch Haba, B’shem Adonai, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
A moment of Silence…………………………………
Give the folk in your group an opportunity to respond personally to what the Holy Spirit is saying
they should do.