THE PEP RALLY
Pre-Game Series, Week 1
Sunday, March 6, 2016
What would you do if you knew that your time on this earth was running out?
What would you do? How would you spend your time? What wouldn’t you waste time on? What would you want to make sure didn’t go unsaid?
As we approach Easter – the Bible tells us that Jesus knew what was coming
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” – Luke 18:31-33 (#732)
Luke 19:28-40 (#733)
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
- Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble
Most of gospels = 3.5 years / Jesus operated under the radar and off the grid
When He healed people He often told them to keep it quiet because He didn’t want it to interfere with his public ministry
Now He rides into Jerusalem and it’s like a pep rally. He is riding into town as a king.
- Jesus entered Jerusalem as a bold
Jesus rides into Jerusalem with great fanfare. He is publicly declaring Himself to be the Messiah. His message to the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman civic leaders and the crowd is clear: Crown Me or Kill Me, but don’t just “like” Me.
Jesus is the only person in history who is unbelievably humble but not modest.
Jesus is humble, gentle, tender, and sweet toward women, children, the poor, the outcast, people of other races and nations – at the same time He makes outrageous claims about Himself
Jesus enters Jerusalem when He will get maximum exposure and receptivity
As we approach Easter – this is an incredible time for us to do the same – to proclaim Jesus as king – to invite and bring people to Christ
We should invite people humbly but boldly – this is our opportunity