Dead Men Do Tell Tales by Ron Clarkson

Dead Men Do Tell Tales
Rise Above the Ordinary
Ron Clarkson
John 12:12-19
March 24, 1991

Over the past few weeks the news headlines and the front-page articles have shown a common scene. It's a scene that is occurring throughout the United States. We've seen it here in Illinois, it's happened at Virginia Beach, San Diego, many other places. It's a scene that was familiar to past generations in the forties and in the 30's. It's a scene that displays exuberance and ecstasy. It is the parades and fanfare that welcome home our troops from war. I've seen films of the ticker tape parades of WWI & WWII. Tons of little pieces of paper twirling to the ground from the windows of tall buildings. Flags flying from every corner, little flags waving in every hand from young to old.

The red carpet is rolled out for our men and women returning from the gulf. President, Vice resident, VIPs, celebrities, all showing up to honor the victors. It is a victory parade, a celebration of victory, an anticipation of a new regime to be ushered in. People are exuberant, there is a rush of excitement. A celebration Par excellence.

There was a comparable ticker tape parade back in the first century. It was a celebration par excellence. The occasion was the first "Palm Sunday" which we commemorate today. On that first Palm Sunday, there was a parade to match all parades. Thousands of people lined the streets leading into Jerusalem to celebrate. Not to celebrate the entrance of a victorious army, but to celebrate one man - Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

The people were so jazzed about the coming of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem that they took off their coats and lined the streets with them. They took the branches off the trees and lined the streets with them and waved palm branches in the air. Thousands of people began to yell, "Hosanna, Hosanna. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, blessed is the coming kingdom of our father, David.

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