by Ernest Easley

What Happened on the Cross?
A Palm Sunday Sermon
Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 15:22-27

Now on this Palm Sunday, as you are turning to Matthew 21, I want to invite you to our annual Good Friday service which is this coming Friday at 7:00 p.m. You will experience an incredible time of worship as our choir and orchestra lead us. I also want to encourage you between now and Friday to be inviting people to our Good Friday service and then our Easter Sunday morning celebration.

And yes, we will be having Sunday School next Sunday morning! What a great way to begin Easter Sunday: with others studying God's Word!

Now in Matthew 21 we read what took place on the very first Palm Sunday: April 29 A.D. beginning in verses 8-11, as Jesus made His way into Jerusalem, ''And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

''Hosanna to the Son of David!?'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'?Hosanna in the highest!'' 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ''Who is this?''

11 So the multitudes said, ''This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.'' And what many refer to as ''Holy Week'' began!

On Monday, Matthew tells us beginning in verse 12 that Jesus cleansed the Temple saying, ''My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.''

On Tuesday, Jesus is questioned about paying taxes and repeats the twofold nature of God's Law in Matthew 22: to love God and love our neighbor!

On Wednesday, Jesus tells about man's need to prepare for the coming Judgment Day in Matthew 25 and Judas plots to betray Jesus in Matthew 26.

On Thursday, Jesus celebrates Passover and institutes the Lord's Supper. In agony He prays in the Garden of Gethsemane where He is betrayed.

On Friday, Matthew records in chapter 27 that ...

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