YOU IN THAT CROWD?"
preached by David P. Nolte
Crucifixion day was coming! The Jews were about to celebrate Passover.
It was the Sunday prior
to His Passion. Jesus knew that His death had been determined by the
rulers, but He knew that in
reality His death had been determined by God the Father. He was
prepared. He was not afraid. In
a great public demonstration of His lowly humility and his kingly
regality, Jesus entered Jerusalem
amid the shouts, the hallelujahs and hosannas of the expectant
multitude. They were jubilant. They
thought deliverance was at hand - and it was, but not in the way they
imagined. Consider that crowd
today. Think about their actions and attitudes. And then let me ask
you, "Are you in that crowd? Do you join them in their glad exultation?
What is there that is significant about that event?
- THEY CAST THEIR
GARMENTS AT HIS FEET IN THE PATHWAY:
- This was an act of reverence. Earthly kings may have ridden in
on a red carpet; Jesus
rode in on the garments of those who adored Him. They gave their best
Him. Matthew Henry rightly notes: "Those that take Christ for their
King, must lay
their all under his feet."
- What will you lay down for Jesus? Let's ask ourselves some
- "Will I lay down my possessions for Jesus?" If I do, I must
conclude, "I used
to think that my money was my own, but it's His. I used to think my car
my own, but it's His. I used to think my house was my own, but it's
used to think my musical instruments were my own, but they are His. I
to think my computer was my own, but it is His!" So, nothing I have is
alone, but it is His.
- Then ask, "Will I lay down my will for Jesus?" If so, I must
not my plans, but Yours! Not my way but Yours! Not my agenda, but
Yours! Not my pleasure, but Yours! Not my will but Yours be done!" Not
what I have determined, but what He wants.
- And again, "Will I lay down my sex life for Jesus?" Those who
must rid themselves of lustful thinking, pornography, and visits to
sites. They must determine no sexual relationships outside marriage. No
violation of God's moral standards. Not living by the flesh and
by His Spirit.
- Ask, "Will I lay down my talents and abilities for Jesus?" If
you do, then
remember, your music is for Him, not for your glory. Your art is for
for personal enjoyment. Your skill as a carpenter, or mechanic, or
counselor, or driver, or whatever is not about you, it is about Him!
my glory or benefit, but for Him.
- And, "Will I lay down my time for Jesus?" Those who do,
realize that Sunday
is His day - not a day for shopping or outings or sleeping in. Then we
that we must take time daily to be in His Word, at His Throne in
in His activities serving and working and doing to benefit man and the
Kingdom. Time, not to squander, but to use wisely for Him.
- Finally, "Will I lay down my attitudes for Jesus?" That will
mean no more
jealousy, or envy, or hate, or grudge bearing, or pride, or
or negative nit-picking or complaining. Not to be governed by the old
but by the new.
- All that you claim as your own, all over which you exercise any
control, all that has
any control over you needs to be laid at His feet - for only then do
become sacrifices and offerings, and only then do we rightfully honor
Him as King.
- The crowd gave their garments. Not tuxedos or formals, but
plain and possibly worn
out tunics. But they gave what they had. I have this little aluminum
disk. It is a
punch out from an electrical box. But it is so meaningful to me. Just
to Colorado, my grandson, Tommy, gave it to me. He said, "Here, Papa. I
to have this!" I carry it in my pocket, inscribed with, "From Tommy,
DATE." Nothing valuable - except to me. What you give has value to Him
though it might
not to anyone else.
The crowd cast their garments at Jesus' feet - are you in
- THEY PUBLICLY
- They shouted, "Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of
- "Hosanna" signifies, "Save now, we beseech You!" It was a cry
for help as
well as a recognition of His ability to save.
- "Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!" signifies
with praises, to speak well of someone, and to wish God's blessing upon
- They were moved with joy at His coming! While the religious
leaders seethed with
malice, jealousy and hatred, the common people praised Him. While the
leaders plotted His death, the peasants rejoiced in His life.
- It isn't the volume, or the place, or the length, or the
excitement that makes our praise
- It is our sincerity: do we really mean it when we sing our
praise songs? Do
we really mean it when we go into "ecstasies of rapture" when we
worship? Does it come from head or heart? Does it reflect ritual or
reality? Is it show
or is it sincere? God wants His worshipers to worship in spirit and
- It is our consistency: do we maintain a spirit of adoration
and praise when we
leave this place? Or do we tend to fall back into the cynicism and
of our milieu?
- It is our humility: do we really come lowly before Him? Do we
unworthiness and His worth?
- A young man came home late one Friday afternoon and was greeted
by his two children. They laughed and bounced with more than the usual
amount of excitement. "Daddy, Daddy, " the three-year-old started
to say, "There's a " Whumpf! The five-year-old
stuffed his palm vigorously across the three-year-old's mouth.
The three-year-old wrenched free, eyes still sparkling. "Daddy, Mommy
and Jason and me have got a " Whumpf! The hand
closed across the mouth again, followed by these firm words from the
five-year-old. "Sarah, if you don't keep quiet, Daddy's going to
know there's a surprise party inside for him!" After a moment of
awesome silence, the five-year-old flushed. Dad artfully
pretended not to have heard a word. He hugged both children and,
laughing together, all three raced into the house. The young
children could hardly contain themselves with the excitement of the
moment. They knew something exciting was going to happen and they could
not hold it inside. When the people in Jesus day saw him riding
into Jerusalem that day, they knew that something exciting was
happening. They knew that Jesus was riding as the Messiah would,
and they thought they knew what that meant. And they could not
contain themselves with the excitement of the moment.
The crowd shouted out His praises - are
you in that crowd?
- THEY DECLARED
WHO HE WAS:
- They knew He was the Son of David - the descendant
to occupy the
Throne of Israel. They knew He was a prophet - a spokesman from God to
- May we also declare Him. He is Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty
Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. He is Lord and Christ. He is
the Lamb of
God which taketh away the sin of the world! He is the Lion of the tribe
of Judah. He
is the Bright and Morning Star. He is the Word of Life. He is the
Advocate with the
Father, He is Jesus Christ The Righteous. He is the Dayspring from on
high. He is
the great I Am. He is the Son of God. He is the Shepherd and Bishop of
your souls. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the only way to
the Father. He is Lord
and Savior. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Light of
the world. He
is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is The Almighty.
- The world thinks He is a myth or a mere man or a martyr or a
prophet or a liar or a
lunatic. But those who know Him, know that He is Jesus, the Son of God,
- A court case that was lost because of the silence of an
attorney. The distinguished
lawyer Samuel Hoar was representing the defendant. When it was time to
case, he told the jurors that the facts favoring his client were so
evident that he would
not insult their intelligence by arguing them. The jury retired to
returned in a few minutes with a verdict of guilty. Samuel Hoar was
astonished! "How," he asked, "could you have reached such a verdict?"
The foreman replied,
"We all agreed that if anything could be said for a case, you would say
it. But since
you didn't present any evidence, we decided to rule against you."
Silence had lost the
case. How often the opportunity to speak a word of testimony for Christ
because we remain silent. Those who need to hear the gospel may
salvation is not important enough to talk about.
The crowd declared Who He was - are
you in that crowd? Will
morning lay down your
life to Him? Will you let your life shout His praises? And will you
declare, by public confession of
your faith, Who He is? Do you confess Him as Savior? Then trust Him. Do
you confess Him as
Lord? Then obey Him. What does Jesus expect of those who would follow
Him? To believe that
He is the Son of God. To repent of known sin. To confess Him before
witnesses. To be baptized
by immersion. And to live a life committed and steadfast for Him and
His church. Today the crowd
has little to do with or say for Jesus. Are you in that crowd? Or are
you in the crowd that cast their
garments at His feet, and publicly praised Him, and declared Who He
was? It's time to decide. Which crowd will it be?
Lawyer story from unknown source.
Surprise party from a sermon by Tim Zingale on the internet
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