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The Passionate Savior (7 of 7)
Series: The Passions of Christ
Introduction: Our text paints a side of Jesus unfamiliar to many. We know the stories of miracles. We remember many of his parables and teachings. We love to hear the words of peace and love. We are acquainted with the Jesus that is calm, cool, and collected. This Jesus is always on an even keel. He never gets upset or bothered. But that's not the Jesus of Passion Week.
Most of us, especially men (but women too, only in a different way) don't know what to do with a Jesus like this. We prize a stoic Jesus who never shows any emotion. We have been schooled to believe that tears or anger are signs of weakness. Emotions like this can lead to a loss of control or even sin. We conclude that since Jesus was without sin, he must have been without emotion. But then we run into this Jesus.
Jesus was strong, stable, and completely faithful. But he was also passionate. As we should be! Followers of Jesus should be people who care deeply even when it might be safer not to. That's what the Bible calls us to when it says, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus" (Phil 2:5).
Our text reveals a passionate Jesus. It speaks of two passions of Jesus that we must share. These passions help explain what this church has meant when for over fifty years it has called itself, "A church with a heart in the heart of Vandalia." A church with a heart possesses these passions of Jesus.
Consider first his passion for the lost. We call this the triumphal entry because the crowds welcomed Jesus with shouts of praise. He was greeted like a king entering a city in victory. The crowds made a "red carpet" of coats for his procession. Matthew says they threw palm branches across the path, hence the term "Palm Sunday."
Four years ago, Rose and I visited the place where this happened. The Mount of Olives is a large ridge that runs north and south a qua ...
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