by Claude Thomas

Text: John 12:12-19

U.T.: In Search of a Saviour

SST: The excitement over the Passover Celebration intensified the identification of Jesus as the
Messiah by the people, but they truly missed him.

Thesis: The celebration of the Easter season can come and go without many people ever grasping the
celebration of Jesus as the Saviour of humanity.

M.O.: Consecrational

S.O.: Hearers commit to accept and to adore Jesus as the Saviour of the world.

Authority: Direct / Indirect

Title: "Celebration of a Season or a Saviour?"

Ideas are powerful and lives can be shaped by them. The idea of communism dominated a
person's mind and became a powerful influence which has shaped the lives of millions of individuals.
The idea of democracy has also shaped the lives of millions. An idea can be a great and powerful thing.
There are times, however, when an idea is substituted for something which is greater and better. This
can be true in our own Christian faith, especially as it relates to the celebration of special events in the
life of Christ.
I want to speak particularly concerning Easter. Many people will see this time fo the year come
and go without ever grasping the significance of the season. They will celebrate Easter without ever
celebrating the Saviour who gives us the cause for celebrating.
This happened to the people during the days of Christ's earthly ministry. The gospel writers
record for us an occasion when the idea of the Messiah clouded the people's spiritual perception so
much that they missed the dramatic celebration of Jesus as the Messiah. It happened on the occasion
of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the events which followed.

I. The Many who Miss the Real Celebration

Explanation of the Text
In the background of the text, the Feasts of Tabernacles, Pentecost, and Passover drew Jews
from around the world. From villages and hamlets to Jerusa ...

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