Christ enters into Jerusalem on the back of a colt and people shout praises of hope for the restoration of David’s kingdom. They see in Christ something that they desire and praise Him for it. Christ knows their blindness. He knows what awaits him. He accepts their blind praises knowing in a week they’d be calling for his death. He did it because he had a mission to accomplish. He did it because He knew what we needed though we don’t know for ourselves. Listen to this sermon for more.
Bartimaeus was a blind beggar sitting on the roadside as Jesus headed up to Jerusalem. He had heard of Jesus and his reputation for being a healer. When he finally heard that this famous Rabbi was passing by, he poured out all his hope and faith by calling for mercy. His persistence in faith brought him before the Lord and Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?” This question could very well be asked of us today. But are we approaching Jesus with an appeal for mercy or for an appeal for glory as James and John did previous to this? What do we want Jesus to do for us? Listen to this sermon fro more.
Jesus was so courageous. He marched to Jerusalem knowing what awaited Him there. And even in all that, there still raged an ambition within the disciples about status and position. The greatest in the kingdom is the one who is slave of all. Where is your heart at when it comes to service? Is it driven by a need to be recognized and appreciated or is it driven by a love for God and a love for His people? Listen to this sermon for more.
Have you made sacrifices in being a Christian? Has your faith come in between relationships and previous life ambitions? Is following Christ a hindrance upon your worldly self? It should be, it should have and you should. There is a cost in following Christ. If it is not costly to follow, then it only demonstrates you don’t truly trust in His reward. Listen to this sermon for more.