March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday is the day that we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. But as we all know, things changed quickly for Jesus, and the crowds that once hailed him as king called for his crucifixion just 5 days later.
In this Palm Sunday message, Pastor Yogi tells us that Jesus knew he had on week to live, and he was intentional with his time. Drawing on stories from Holy Week throughout the Gospels, Yogi gives us four lessons that Jesus taught us during the last week of his life.
The first two lessons come from Mark 11:11-17, the story of when Jesus cleared the temple. Lesson one is this: Reverence for God. We can be so casual with Jesus – thinking of him as a “coffee and donuts” Jesus – that we lose our awe and reverence for him. But Jesus shows us that we must revere God. The second lesson from the temple clearing is this: God makes room for lost people. All of the chaos in the Court of the Gentiles kept those who were far from God from approaching him, from being able to pray. But Jesus declared that the temple was meant to be a house of prayer for all nations.
The third lesson comes from John 13:1-17, when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. This lesson is: Take care of each other. Jesus told his disciples to wash one another’s feet – meaning that they must learn to love and care for each other.
The fourth lesson is found in Luke 22:39-46, where Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. This lesson is: Take time to be in God’s presence. The quickest way to lose the awe of God is to not spend time with him.
The assignment Yogi gave us this week is to spend time reading about Jesus’ last week, taking notes of what he did. By doing this, we will prepare our hearts for Easter.