I remember as a child and young lady how dad would do a series of Bible Studies during Holy Week to commemorate the events of Jesus. So this afternoon I looked through his sermons to see if I could find the Holy Week series. I could not but did find this sermon for Palm Sunday. This is the first part of the sermon and I will share his sermon writings during this Holy Week.
My Dad as a young pastor studying his favorite book, the Bible
Luke 19:29 – 44
With the reading of this passage we embark on one of the most dramatic events in the life of Jesus and in Hebrew history. Today is called “Palm Sunday” and is the beginning of the last week of Jesus’ public ministry. This is the only public demonstration that Jesus ever planned.
And the great event of this week was the “Passover Feast”, the greatest of Jewish national festivals. It commemorated that famous night about eighteen centuries before when God provided a deliverance for Israel from the death angel which smote the first born of the Egyptians.
This was the annual birthday feast of their nation and a yearly commemoration and dedication of the people to God for saving them from the destroyer. So this “Passover Feast” was a very, very significant celebration for the Jewish people.
In my mind’s eye, I can picture that vast throng of people, perhaps 2 million Jews, threading their way from the out-lying country, into the great and old city of Jerusalem. Each family was leading their lamb along with them which was symbolic of the Lamb of God.
It was estimated that a quarter of a million lambs were brought into the city for this historic week. In this surging crowd of people, riding on a donkey, was Jesus, “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” This is the setting of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
The first significant incident of this occasion was when Jesus dispatched two disciples to get a colt and told them the details of finding it. If anyone objected they were to say, “The Lord hath need of him.” They went and when the owner asked them what they were doing, they responded, “The Lord needs it.”
Notice the remarkable blending of dignity and poverty. He is King but he has to borrow even a colt on which to make His triumphal entry into His city. Though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor.
Luke 19:35, 36 tells us “they brought him to Jesus and cast their garments upon the colt and sat Jesus thereon. And as they went, they spread their clothes in the way.” We must be impressed with that rustic procession and the pathetic poverty of its Leader, mounted on a borrowed colt. He was attended, not by warriors or dignitaries, but by poor men unarmed who were waving tree branches for banners. They saluted, not with the blare of trumpets, but with the shouts of joyful hearts. This was a new kind of King …… (to be continued)
—- Part I of Palm Sunday Sermon by Ralph G. Finch, Jr.