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" Palm Sunday , Worship "
This morning as many of you know today is Palm Sunday- The day, taken from the Gospels, where a whole city threw a parade for
Jesus. As Jesus rode into the city, the people threw Palm branches in anticipation of his coming.- Thus we get our word Palm
Sunday. - This day marked a time of celebration where Jesus was the worshipped and praised.

This day is Bittersweet for us because even as we read of the celebration we know that Friday is coming- The cross is coming. We
know that many in this same crowd will within a few short days exchange words of praise to words of death. Shouting Hosanna,
Hosanna and then later shouting Crucify Him, Crucify Him.

This morning I want to focus our attention on two services both which focused upon Jesus, but with two different results.

If you have your bibles this morning turn with me to two passages one from the Gospel of Matthew and the other from the gospel of
Luke. Turn first to Matthew chapter 27 beginning in verse 15. Place your finger there and then turn to Luke chapter 19 beginning in
verse 36. Read this over and understanding the meaning , now lets go back to Matthew 27;15 as we compare these verses , we can
see the different results , now as we change our focus to ,
The great evangelist, Billy Graham, has been quoted many times as saying that the greatest mission field in our country to today is in
our local church- the people sitting already in our churches. Now I am not sure whether this statement is true or not, but one thing
that I do know is that many people know what to say, How to say it, even how to act in it, but when the rubber truly meets that
road, there is no personal relationship with Jesus Christ. No salvation- just empty words.

We see a perfect example of this in our two passages this morning. On Sunday Jesus rode into the city with the people shouting
praises and praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

On Friday they are shouting give us Barabas, We want him, Crucify Jesus Crucify Him. Why the change?

Well there are many possible reasons, but one simple reason is that their words did not match their heart. They possessed a casual
not a committed faith. They had religion but they missed the person Jesus… So how can we have a committed faith… How can we
be real and sincere? Consistent in all that we do… Well this morning I want to offer you some keys to just such a faith.

The first Key is that a committed faith is not self-centered it is Christ-Centered

This sounds obvious, but we often miss it . In America, we tend to say to God, “ Hey God, here is my calendar, here is my
agenda… Now I can squeeze you in here or here. Pulling God out or turning to God only when it is convenient or useful.

In our passage, The people praised Jesus as He passed by, but many of them praised him for two reasons. First, because of his
miracles. He had healed the sick, raised the dead…They praised Him because he was serving them and Second, because they saw in
Jesus a way to be politically delivered from the Romans- To be set free from Rome as Israel was set free from Egypt. Their praise
was tempered with the attitude of Jesus what can you do for me. Many of those who gathered to throw their coats and palm
branches onto the street and who shouted praises did so because it was the popular thing to do at the time. At that one brief moment
it became trendy. Perhaps some began doing it with sincere motives, but others soon did it because others were doing it. Later at the
trial, shouting crucify Him was the thing to do… In fact for a brief moment it was the trendy thing to do to make a mass murderer
and criminal their hero when they shouted we want Barabas.

In our own lives a committed faith comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One where every day is fresh and
new as he personally directs our steps.

In order to have a committed faith we must develop an maintain a personal relationship with Jesus.

A few days later at the trial they saw a beaten and disfigured Jesus- A man who no longer looked like a deliverer or a conqueror.
And as words were said about him, they bought into all the lies and quickly changed their position. For them it was all about Me,
Me, Me.  God has placed us exactly where we are. We must trust him. In the trusting We eventually see that He is using our
pressures, trials, and difficulties to bring us to a new degree of spiritual beauty. True Contentment comes when we accept what God
is doing and thank Him for it. If our faith is based on our situations or circumstances it will never be committed… It will always be
casual. In my life I have seen many worship services , in church , at events , brothers and sisters shouting amen , and worship in
loud joy filled praise ,
When returning home while everyone is still glowing from the worship, I say guys it is easy to do that here, but tomorrow you face
the hard task, can you do that in a world that is not all praising in fact a world that is mocking laughing and is often angry.

A committed faith takes the good with the bad. Knowing that all we are ever promised is that in the midst of both our good and bad;
Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. He will stand with us.
This morning is your faith casual or committed. As we approach this week where our Jesus suffered incredibly for us. In A week
where our sins, past, present, and future were the nails that hung him on that cross doesn’t Jesus deserve a second look. Doesn’t he
deserve total control of your life? Doesn’t he deserve a personal relationship with You? This week consider it all… and choose to
give it all to him… In Jesus heart He loves you , In Gods hand he holds you ..Accept Jesus into your heart today , ...................
This Easter season take a moment and reflect on what all God means to you.

This should motivate you to praise the Lord

Not just some emotional motivation but a deeper praising of the God

Do not quench something good that is happening, just because it is not your style

Before you speak out against something make sure you have biblical reasons what it is wrong

Do not let rocks do your job , Praise the Lord ,, Let us Pray ..