Palm Sunday marks the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem as Israel’s king. Less than a week later, he was executed. It was a week in which Jesus’ character was put on display for all to see. It was also a week in which the true nature of humanity was seen just as clearly. Our need for a savior was evident. God’s gracious provision had come to set us free by dying for us all.
- Jesus was greeted on his journey into Jerusalem with shouts and cheers. Less than a week later he was led out of town to be hanged on a common Roman gallows. What do you make of this reversal of acceptance and welcome?
- It seems that Jesus was greeted with enthusiasm when he was healing the sick and displaying other manifestations of power. However, the crowds thinned when he called for commitment, challenged their pride, accused some of them of acting as owners rather than stewards and revealed to many that they were living as those who were entitled rather than those who were humble. Have you ever been fickle in the way that you follow Jesus? Why do you suppose that is so for you?
- Have you ever tried to get rid of Jesus? Have you ever tried to marginalize his influence on your life? Have you ever lessened your passion for him when it was not convenient to follow him
- How does Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday bring you hope?
- How does Jesus’ death a week later not lead you to see him as a failure? What does his death mean to you?
- The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).