Jesus made a religious and political challenge by riding a donkey into Jerusalem. People flocked to see the parade. Some lined the streets with their cloaks, others waved palm branches, and many sang Hosanna. This parade created a commotion. But unfortunately, that Jerusalem crowd misunderstood the arrival of Jesus. Jesus wasn’t going to be the king they expected. They wanted Churchill, but they got Gandhi. Before it was over, some of those who cried “Hosanna” on Sunday were shouting, “Crucify him” on Friday.
The Roman soldiers seek to humiliate Jesus. They anoint Him with a purple robe and their spit in a mock coronation. Yet at the end of the crucifixion, when Jesus dies on the cross, a Roman centurion says, “Truly this man was God’s son.” So what happened to that Roman soldier watching the crucifixion that changed his mind? We will explore the change in a message titled, “Journey to Easter: Distracted by Clothing.”
Palm Sunday combines two distinctive themes. It reminds us of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and of Jesus’ suffering and death. We would prefer to have a PG version of the story. We want to look away from the details but Jesus went through this suffering for a reason.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on April 14, 2017 by Rev. Bob Deits
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on April 9, 2017 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S Kings Ranch Rd. Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118 480-982-3776 www.GoldCanyonUMC.org
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 by Rev. Bob Deits