PALMS OF PRAISE FOR THE KING OF KINGS
Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 04/10/22 – Morning Message
Today is Palm Sunday
For Christian faiths, Palm Sunday symbolizes Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Holy City and center of culture and civilization in the region.
For Believer’s in our Lord Jesus Christ our hands (palms) represent our thanksgiving, praise, worship, and adoration to Him for the sacrifice He has made for us and His soon return.
Not just today but every day we need to lift our hands to Him in Praise.
John 12:12-18 NLT (Jesus’ Triumphant Entry)
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors
13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”
16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus’ call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it.
18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign.
I. THE OLD JERUSALEM:
A. The set up for this entry.
When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too,
11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.
B. Hope that Christ was the physical king of Jerusalem- freedom
C. Christ entering Jerusalem fulfillment of prophesy.
D. Zachariah 9:9
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious,
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.
E. They were preparing for a physical king.
F. Jesus was preparing to become the King of all Kings.
G. Going to lay his life down for all to free all.
II. THE NEW JERUSALEM: (Revelation 7:9-12)
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.
12 They sang,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
A. Christ left earth victorious over death & the grave, Sin.
B. Took His seat on the throne of Heaven.
C. Crowds of saved and over comers will usher Christ in as The King of Kings.
D. (Rev. 21:1-7) - The New Jerusalem is coming – it will be finished.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.
2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.
7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
E. All sorrows wiped away; shouts of praise will go up.
III. THE NEW JERUSALEM PREPARATION:
A. Salvation- accepts Christ sacrifice. Accept Him as your King.
B. Living a life of thanksgiving and praise to our King.
C. Take the palms God has given you and raise them up to Him.
D. Usher Christ into your life daily as your king here and there.
E. Christ is making everything new.
Conclusion: Is Christ the king in your life and family today? Lift the palm of your hands to Him as we sing: Worthy is the Lamb.