Palm Sunday

It Was Not About The Palms!

In spite of all our efforts to download the video of today’s message, it turned out the file was too large to convert. So, I have written, from memory, with Pats approval.

 

The text comes from Mark 11:1-19 and Matthew 21:1-17.

The story is basically this:

Jesus told the disciples to go get a donkey that had never been ridden and bring it to Him because He needed it. We can gather from His next statement that the disciples were not real eager to head out to steal a new donkey. Jesus knew that God had provided already. The disciples had not searched the scriptures or if they had they either forgot or were unaware of the application. 1. God has the solution to every one of our problems.

Jesus knew that those who were concerned about the donkey would ask. Jesus prepared the disciples with a simple answer, which would be enough, because God had prepared their hearts. All of this information was in the scriptures. 2. God is not surprised, His Word prepares us so we have no reason to be surprised or fearful. Jesus had a close relationship with His Father. We, too, can enjoy a relationship with God that gives us surety. The Bible tells us.

The people laid down clothes and Palms. Just as The Words of old described, the prophecy of long ago was fulfilled! The people were collectively in favor of Jesus and His message. They sang His praise loudly and joyfully, “ … Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest…” (Mark 11:9-10 KJV). We call this Palm Sunday. People collect Palm branches to act this out. As a child, Pastor Pat remembers “the Palm branches, the excitement and ceremony of Palm Sunday. There was great amount of pomp and circumstance, tradition and procedure.  In spite of all that, nothing changed, at home, in my life, my siblings or my parents because there was no personal understand, knowledge or commitment.” 3. People do things in public that do not carry over to their private life. God is not concerned with the Palms you put down in your life, the offerings you give, the Holy days you honor, the hymns and songs you sing when you are in the congregations. No, when Jesus comes none of these things matter.

Jesus went into the temple. At last, who is Jesus? He is the Son of God and He comes to what in God’s temple, the church? All of a sudden Jesus isn’t so popular because He shines a light on the wickedness. He shines truth on the fact that organized religion does not control God’s salvation. He shines that worship, here, has been changed to business. God is personal, NOT business. The elites of this religion are indignant and determine to destroy Jesus because He wants to clean the swamp. How many organized religions, congregations of today’s churches are putrid, in the nostrils of Jesus? How many pastors, Sunday school teachers, deacons, elders, and other leaders are worshiping other gods, addicted to porn, drugs, gambling and a host of other wicked evils? Jesus recognizes the foul smell of greed in the temples of elites. They have determined who and how access to God will be and their ideas are contrary to God’s. When Jesus comes, He will, again, drain the swamp. 4. God wants us all to know Him personally. It is free, not to be bought or sold. Everyone is welcome to His love and His blessings through Jesus Christ. 

Do you have a personal relationship with God through Jesus? There is nothing so sweet, so pure, so free, so sure. Pastor Pat says that all the religious, churchy stuff he did growing up changed nothing in him. The day he went to the church with the sign that said, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV) was the day his heart changed forever. Jesus saved him, that day. It didn’t cost anything, it wasn’t determined by someone else, his relationship to God only depended on his willingness to let Jesus carry it. It was a personal decision that came from reading and understanding God’s Word. If you don’t have this kind of relationship with God, when Jesus comes you will be left kneeling in the mud, saying rosaries to a statute of Virgin Mary. 5. God wants you, just you to love His Son, Jesus and desire Him, above all else. 

 

For more information on how to have and/or grow your relationship with Jesus, please call:

Pastor Pat Baranski 218-280-2084

 

 

 

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