Sunday Morning Podcast April 10, 2022. Bro. Dave Goble. Pastor.

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Palm Sunday.  We celebrate this day as the week before Resurrection day.  A lot happens this week in the Christian calendar.  Jesus arrived many years ago at a small village about a mile from Jerusalem, and met there Mary, Martha, and their recently resurrected brother Lazarus.  This week, every day Jesus spent preaching in the temple.  Then the Passover, which many believed to be this Thursday night of this week, Jesus had His last supper with His apostles.  Friday around 3 o’clock in the afternoon Jesus then died on the cross.  The good thing is, a week from today we celebrate the Resurrection!  This is an important time in the Christian world, and we should let it be known by our behavior, in what we say, and what we meditate on.  A special time of year.  Our Message text and title this morning is;   “Is Jesus invited to your city?”   We want this morning for you to equate your city with ..your life.

TEXT:  JOHN 12:1-6 

1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 

2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 

Think and realize, that Lazarus who had died and been resurrected by Jesus, was also at the table with his two sisters!

3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 

4 Then saith one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him. 

5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 

A pound of ointment of costly spikenard was worth about ..a year’s wages!

6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Jesus had been invited to the city Bethany, for the passover.   One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, one who should have been welcoming Jesus, ..was a thief and a traitor!   Judas who was probably already planning how he would betray Jesus, was not at all concerned about the poor, when inquiring about the value of the ointment offering.  To him, it was all about money!    All these different characters, the people that were with Jesus, and their motives, ..the question still is;  “Is Jesus invited to your city?  Is He invited to your life?”   Jesus certainly can not be invited if thinking the way Judas thought, ..can He?   And unless we say, “Judas was such a wicked man, etc.”  ..there are many who think like Judas did, still today.   Lest we say “I have never been like him,”  ..so were we all like Judas!   Yet here, for all of us,  Jesus has made a plan, that we here can say,  “Jesus is invited to my city!”   Next,  Jesus tells His disciples to find Him a donkey to ride upon, which is a symbol  fulfillment of prophecy from the old testament, going back to  Zechariah 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation, lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

John 12:12-15  12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord,  14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,  15 Fear no, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

No doubt hundreds of people were lining the city, welcoming Jesus!  Shouting Hosanna! (Or  “O come save us!” )   Palm branches were a symbol in Israel, of “God’s Salvation.”   When Israel was traveling through the wilderness out of the exodus from Egypt, on the way to Canaan, God saved them, giving them shelter, in the midst of the wilderness, and the shelter many times were provided by palm branches.  Here when this King of Kings!, and Lords of Lords!, was entering in the city, the people are laying down palm branches, and according to another gospel, also laying down clothing.  Hundreds of people saying and shouting “Hosanna!”  (Save them!).  Hundreds of people because The King was coming!  To save them!  Shouting Hosanna!!  Today some people still shout “Hosanna!”  Can you shout “Hosanna ?”   It still means, “Come save us!”   Do you feel that way this morning?   Like you still need someone to save us!   Not every one welcomes Jesus into their city, Judas being one of them. This city was under the occupation of the Roman Empire.  In some cases under the oppression of it.  Many had been looking for years for a savior, ..The Messiah!  To save them from the occupation of a foreign power.  So the people were excited!  No doubt hundreds of people!  They were not even worried about the government’s oppressiveness watching them in these moments!   Because to them, a man was coming to lead the people away from it!    Does the world today still say Hosanna, welcoming Jesus?  Do we still say Hosanna?  Not just on Palm Sunday, but every day?!   Palm Sunday is simply a symbol, for a relationship with God, that says, “Hosanna!”   In your homes do you still say Hosanna, to Jesus!?   Or is it only when you come to church on Sunday?   I hope it’s more than that!  I hope it’s every day of the week!   Hosanna!  What have you given up, to let Jesus know He’s invited?

Is Jesus Invited to Your City?