Palm Sunday; Gentleness is not Weakness Matthew 21:1-17
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@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Gentleness is not Weakness Matthew 21:1-17 Sunday March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday : Lenten Candle Extinguishing:
It was in the wilderness that God began to fashion a people after his own heart—a people who would trust God, who would listen, and who would follow.
On the edge of the Promised Land they stood, yet turned away because of fear.
It was on the road to Jerusalem that Jesus brought the disciples whom he had fashioned after his own heart—those who would trust God, who would listen, and who would follow.
At the end of this week they would forget his promises and turn away in fear. We too tremble and scatter in the shadow of the cross, yet he takes another step toward it.
Let us pray. God of promise, it is easy to follow you in a crowd of others shouting “Hosanna!”
Gentleness is not Weakness
21 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
“ ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”
17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.