Praise Matters (Palm Sunday)

Notes from a sermon preached by Dr. Greg Sloop at the Kannapolis Church of God on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the 10:30 am service.  For video of service, go to the church website, http://www.kcog.org, and click on the livestream link for a replay of the service.  For audio of the service, go the the website and click on the media page.

John 12:12–19 (NKJV)

12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:

“Hosanna!  ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’  The King of Israel!”

Multitudes Coming to the Feast

Palm Branches

Hosanna

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

The King of Israel

14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;

Behold, your King is coming,

Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

A Young Donkey

Fear not, The King is Coming!

Humility of Riding on a Donkey

Remembering the Great Things of God

17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

The Reputation of the Son of God

The Disdain of the Establishment and the Religious Hypocrites

Luke 19:34–40 (NKJV)

34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:  “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

The Colt

The Praise of the People

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Rebuke the Praisers!!!!!!!!

It’s either them or the dead rocks

Why Praise?

Family

Provision

Healing

Deliverance

Salvation

Takeaway Thoughts

Just as the Jews praised Jesus upon His triumphal entry, we are called to praise Him today.

When you think of all His blessings, you can’t help but praise Him!

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