2017-04-09 10:15:41

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Mark 11:1-11



The crowds were shouting …
I. Mixed Multitude
A. Triumph Seekers
B. Trouble Makers
C. Troubled King
II. Unmixed Affections
A. The King of Love
B. My Only King
C. Arrayed in Glory
… “who is this?”

In Lowly Pomp Ride on to Die
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem sparked great festivity
along the way. The people who believed He was the great
deliverer of Israel were, for the moment, enamored by this King
who came humbly and riding on a donkey. But their enthusiasm
was misplaced and poorly timed. What they did not understand
was that this triumphal procession was leading their hero to
triumph indeed, but a triumph that required a brutal death first.
We can worship our King with enthusiasm on Palm Sunday
because, unlike the parade goers, we understand the true
nature of our King and His great triumph over sin, the devil and
death. But do we really sense the gravity of the event we
commemorate year after year?
To get a more profound sense of the meaning of the day we
call Palm Sunday we are going to sing an appropriate hymn,
but with two different worshipful tunes. This morning we will sing
Ride “On, Ride on in Majesty!” to the tune published along with
it in our hymnal – as you will see, it has a celebratory tone to it.
In the evening, we plan to sing the same hymn to the familiar
tune to “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Hamburg, which
has a more pensive and mournful feel to it. In doing so, the
nuances of the words will probably rise and impact you
somewhat differently one from the other. Hopefully this will
enhance our worship experience as we move from the
excitement of the triumphal entry into the sobering intensity of
the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.