What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sermon Notes: It's Palm Sunday!

It's Palm Sunday!

Today is Palm Sunday!!  I hope that your church recognized this eventful day in the life of Christ, which begins the Holy Week leading up to Resurrection Sunday...Easter! 

(The Palms sung by the Crystal Cathedral choir)

  Our choir sang the song shown above...We may not have sounded quite the same as "the Crystal Cathedral" choir shown above, but I can assure you we sang it with our whole hearts and souls!

The palm branches that the throngs of people waved as they cried "Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Mark 11:9) may not have looked exactly like these palmettos that we have here in Florida, but they were definitely similar to these...

Listen to how John's gospel  (John 12:12-13) described this scene:

"The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 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!"

Our scripture for today's sermon actually came from Mark's Gospel of this same scene, found in Mark 11:1-10.  and in these verses we see Christ entering Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey colt.  (See also Matthew 21;1-11,  Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-19 for more details).

The people of Jerusalem were hailing Christ as the King of Israel...their Savior, the Messiah.  But their expectation of what that would mean for them was not exactly what Jesus came to do.  At this particular time in history, Jerusalem was held captive by the Roman government.  The Romans occupied their country and ruled the Jewish nation with a very powerful and demanding government.  The people of Israel were in hopes that Jesus had come to save them from this evil government and to set them free from the tyranny of Rome.  Jesus did not come exactly the way they thought a conquering king should come...on the back of a young donkey? Where was His white stallion, where was His sword? He had no weapons, He had no saddle...only the clothing of the throng as they laid their clothes on the ground and on the back of the colt and waved the branches and shouted Hosanna...

But what we see instead of a conquering king, we see the heart of God.  Jesus does not come to us on our terms.  He comes on God's terms.  The people wanted a Messiah to rescue them from the evil and oppression of the  Roman government...But Jesus came to rescue their hearts from the evil of sin...He came to change their hearts inwardly...

Our expectations vs. God's answer...
God's answer is always the best for us.
The crowds wanted Jesus to conquer in a worldly way...But Jesus would conquer through laying down His life for their sins...
Jesus comes as our King to bring salvation...not from an oppressive government, but from self hatred, selfishness...to save us from greed, fear and death.
To restore our broken relationship with God...
Jesus gave us life--life of humble service and love...

A little side detail...The colt had never been ridden...and yet Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an unbroken colt...one that should have bucked Him off and been difficult to manage...
But Jesus was able to transform that wild unbroken colt into a peaceful animal.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a hero...

Is your life like that unbroken colt? Is life trying to throw you off...we may think that life seems to want to get rid of us...but God has a better plan for us.  Jesus is the only One who can ride into my heart and give me what I need to live...

Back to the crowd at Jerusalem...they were cheering and shouting Hosanna that day...they believed He was the Messiah and coming King, but then they still called for His death several days later...

We've all seen the bumper sticker that says, "Honk if you love Jesus".  Perhaps a better one would be: "Tithe if you love Jesus...any fool can honk!"  Or, how about, "Serve if you love Jesus", or "Humble Yourself if you Love Jesus", or "Love your neighbor if you love Jesus"...

On Palm Sunday Jesus came with a choice...We could join the crowd...cheering and waving palm branches, welcoming Him to our "city",  but that is as far as it goes as far as a relationship goes...On Sunday we cheer and wave our palm branches and proclaim Him King,  but what about the rest of our week...our lives...it's harder to actually serve the King of kings...

What does it truly mean to welcome Jesus into our hearts?
When we make a decision to follow Jesus, we choose to leave the old world behind...we choose to march to the tune of a most fulfilling and different kind of drum.

Jesus is the only way to peace, joy and real life...Jesus came to die for us...

John 15:13
"Greater love has no one than this, 
than to lay down one's life for his friends."

As followers of Christ we are to love each other as Jesus loved us when He went to the cross.
Palm Sunday is a great time to become a true follower of Christ.
There is no such thing as "Spectator Christianity".

Jesus conquered evil when He died on the cross.
People then did not understand He was offering them more than just to stand and cheer as He passed by...He was offering them an opportunity to make something beautiful out of their lives...

Think about the potter and the wheel...we are that blob of clay...a horrible mess...
But God can take our mess and shape us into what He wants us to be.
It is our choice...the invitation is here now...
Will you just be a spectator along the road, cheering Him on as He passes by...or
Will you follow Jesus all the way to the cross?

This banner was hanging in our church today.
(Thank you, Edna Haugen, for sharing your photo with me for this!)

Our final hymn of the day...
(this is not our church choir singing, but please sing along and enjoy the music)

This is a song of triumph!
Christ is triumphant over death and hell,
and we are victors with Christ.

Blessed  is He who comes in the name of the Lord!!!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!"
Mark 11:9-10

Sermon Notes: FUMC, Interlachen, FL, Pastor A.C. Myers, 4/14/2019

Please Note : I want to repeat this disclaimer here...the notes, outline, and content included here are based upon my own personal understanding of the message that was being given. I am not attempting to completely quote or reproduce this message or any other message I've shared previously. Just as each person reading these notes may glean insights and thoughts that seem to directly apply to one's own situation and interpretation, my own delivery of these messages is skewed by my hearing and translation of what is being said. Some may read my notes here and wonder if they were hearing the same message as I...and I say, God speaks to each of us as He wills...there are things He is trying to get across to each individual that may be entirely different than what the person sitting next to you in the pew is needing to hear... That is how the Holy Spirit works! He knows what we need to hear and how to apply it to our hearts. So it is with that understanding that I present these sermon notes to you.


  1. Our service was also beautiful!

  2. I just came out of some quiet time with the Lord, reading and listening to worship songs on Youtube. Then I turned on my computer and read your post! The Lord always knows exactly what we need when we need it.

    Today our pastor also spoke about the Triumphal Entry into the city. (Paraphrasing) 'At the Last Supper they honored the King by serving Him (Martha) by their testimony (Lazarus) and by a costly expression of worship (Mary and her perfume.) Many people were looking for Jesus as he rode in on the donkey and they recognized Him... are you looking for Christ? Do you recognize Him in your life? In the lives of others? When He speaks, do you recognize His voice?' Then our pastor gave an altar call and many people went forward! It was a blessed, holy day!

    I hope this coming week for you is filled with the presence of the Lord!

  3. We had a lovely Palm Sunday service as well, we only have a small congregation but we all love the Lord. Be blessed during this Holy Week.

  4. Yes, may we all follow Jesus all the way to the cross . . .
    Hope you have a blessed Holy Week, Pamela!

  5. We heard of Palm Sunday being a wonderful day of peace, day of praise, day of power. We heard that miraculous healing was going on.Jesus was the talk of the town. Sadly, he reminded us that Jesus is no longer the talk of the town. He also reminded us that our church was going through a transition. I love the picture of the palmetto growing in the sand.

  6. Loved the sermon notes today. Happy Resurrection Day to you and your precious family. Hugs and blessings, Cindy P.S. I do not ever recall hearing "The colt had never been ridden...and yet Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an unbroken colt...one that should have bucked Him off and been difficult to manage..". WOW and WOW!

  7. Thank you again Pamela. I love what you are writing about our lifes like as unbroken colts? Yes, Jesus is the only One who can ride into our heart and give us what we need to live!

    Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death. (psalm 68)


  8. Hosanna! Blessed is He who will come again!

  9. I agree with Karen...Hosanna! Blessed is He who will come again! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  10. Beautiful post. Easter is always a wonderful time of reflection for me.

  11. Oh Pam, I love how you captured the depth of meaning in Palm Sunday. Cheering crowds who loved and adored Jesus--crowds who later turned on Friday and demanded His death. My pastor's sermon also looked at the Scripture from Mark 11, as well as various passages on Holy Week.

    A good question to ask ourselves is: where would I have been in the crowd (at the front or somewhere safer farther back (to not risk the ire of the Parisees)? Other questions: What would I have thought? What would my understanding of Jesus had been?

    Today, who do we say Jesus is to us as individuals?

    Jesus came the first time to establish God's Kingdom in human hearts; He will return to establish a lasting Kingdom--destroying satan once and for all!



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