by Ron Clarkson

Palm Sunday: The Campaign Trail
Celebration of Hope
Ron Clarkson

Welcome: We want to extend a special invitation to you to join us this Friday night for a special, reflective evening as we focus on the suffering that Jesus experienced. Then on Sunday, please be our guests for one of the Easter services as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This morning we are going to take a look at palm Sunday, at the campaign trail, so to speak, the events that led up to this glorious day where thousands of people were ecstatic about Jesus coming into their town. Let's ask God to teach.

PRAYER: Father, we think about Palm Sunday, the memories we have from the past, of the excitement and celebration, the singing and waving of palm branches, the anticipation of things to come. Or maybe Father our thoughts of Palm Sunday do not stimulate any positive, heart stirring thoughts . . . just another boring Sunday in church. Or maybe Father we haven't been to church for so long that we can't remember anything about Palm Sunday, or we just don't know anything about Palm Sunday. I pray that when we leave here this morning it will have been worth our while. That we will gain a new appreciation for Palm Sunday and it's significance. But most of all we will have gained a new appreciation for you Father, that when we leave here we can say that we have had a personal encounter with the living God, and with his precious son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

OPENING ILLUSTRATION: have any of you ever been to a national convention for one of the political parties? Last year in New Orleans for the Republicans or in Atlanta for the Democrats. Maybe you haven't been to a convention but you've watched them on TV or you've seen footage of these conventions and when the candidate is selected and announced at the convention the place goes wild. First of all thousands and thousands of balloons fall out of the ceiling, and then these grown adults, those who we put our political trust in, those ...

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