Today is the last segment of this sermon series from Palm Sunday. It has been a long time in coming but we are at last at the finish. I hope it has spoke to you.
If you would like to hear the sermon in its entirety you can find it HERE AT NOTES FROM THE VICARAGE.
Here is out final segment:
We are called to draw our lines in the sand with meekness and love and one more thing. Jesus drew His line in the sand at the triumphal entry with worship. Let’s look back at the Scripture:
“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
‘Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!’
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’[c]
‘Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!’.” Ma. 21
Now please understand me Jesus line was not about music. It was not about any song. Worship is not music. It is the act of putting God first and obeying what He tells you to do. It is about suspending your wants and desires because you know what God wants, what God desires and you are going to do that instead.
Can I just say you can come to church every Sunday and sing songs with us and still never worship God. Your song does not become worship until it is directed from a heart that is focused solely on loving God and obeying His will for your life.
Jesus worshiped the Father when he rode into Jerusalem that day. Do you know why what he did was worship? It was worship because in the chapter right before Jesus Triumphal entry Matthew records another event.
“Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!’.” Matthew 20:17-19
We know from His prayer in Gethsemane that Jesus did not want to die, but he had suspended his wants and desires in order to worship His Father.
Your line in the sand is going to require that you suspend your wants and desires in order to fulfill God’s purposes. You are going to have to go against your own flesh in this because your flesh does not want to honor God. It will raise up any reason it can find to keep you from doing honoring your Lord.
We are all coming to our line in the sand moments. Do my white socks offend you? Well hold on because my white socks are nothing in comparison to the choices I…we are about to make for the kingdom of God. The lines in the sand are good things. It is only beyond these lines in the sand that the miracles our lives were always meant to be are found…but there is a cost. In order to draw our lines in the sand we have to say good bye to the status quo and we have to follow the advice of our lead Pastor’s wife, Pastor Jen, to be “All In”. God has called each and everyone of us to this place we are in for this season of our life and the life of our community. God is asking, “What will you do with this moment?”.