Palm Sunday - The Day the King Came to Town by Marvin D. Patterson

Palm Sunday - The Day the King Came to Town
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 21:1-11

Attention: We are starting a series of special Easter messages on Sunday Mornings and Sunday Evenings that will lead up to Easter Sunday Morning with the resurrection of Christ! We will examine the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry. During this busy week, the Lord will come into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey, and have the masses hail Him with cries of adoration. He then cleanses the temple of all the thieves and crooks. Jesus was a man's man. He took a whip and ran the moneychangers out because they were cheating the people who wanted to obtain a sacrifice for temple worship!

During His last week, Jesus foretold what the signs of the times would be right before He returned to the earth, on the mount of Olives, or as we know it today, the Olivet Discourse. We will study what the last days before the Lord's return next week on Sunday Morning, and on Sunday Night. It is found in Matthew 24, 25. Jesus also charged the Pharisees as being clean on the outside, but rotten on the inside. That didn't go over too well and they took our Savior and tortured Him and crucified Him on a cross. Of course, we will conclude on Easter Sunday with the Resurrection of our Savior from the dead!

One Easter Sunday morning as the pastor was preaching a children's sermon, he reached into his bag of props and pulled out an egg. He pointed at the egg and asked the children, ''What's in here?'' ''I know, I know!'' a little boy exclaimed, ''pantyhose!''

It was Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, 5-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm fronds. Johnny asked them what they were for. ''People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by,'' his father told him.''Wouldn't you know it,'' Johnny fumed, ''the one Sunday I don't go and he shows up.''

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