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Day of Demonstration (1 of 6)
Series: Countdown to Calvary
INTRO: The final week of Jesus' earthly life reveals powerful truths. We will look at this final week and find ourselves challenged by these truths. It is interesting to note that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan, and according to Ex. 12:3 this was the day the Passover lamb was to be chosen for sacrifice by God's people - Jesus offered Himself as the Passover lamb on this very day!
This first day of this last week (Fri. p.m. to Sat. p.m.) gives us a fascinating look at commitment. So many in this crowd of people wanted a celebrity rather than a Christ, celebrities demand almost no commitment, but Christ did.
Why is it so hard to get people to church? Why don't people like going to church in our culture? What does it take to get them interested? What dangers are there for the modern church?
Are there any connections with the following facts; we like our movies no longer than 1½ hour, and our worship services about the same! In the entertainment business the audience sits back and takes in the show, what happens in too many Churches today? Large crowds will follow around celebrities, and sometimes this is true with superstar preachers also!
What went wrong with the crowd who waved palm branches and shouted, "Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!" (John 12:13) and who a few days later shouted, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"?
We are a culture of boredom, a people who demands entertainment and shallow commitments, consider these remarks from Billy Graham:
ILLUS: America is said to have the highest per capita BOREDOM of any spot on Earth! We know that because we have the greatest number of artificial amusements of any country. People have become so empty that they can't even entertain themselves! They have to pay other people to amuse them, to make them laugh, to try to make them warm ...
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