SERMON SEEDS FOR PALM SUNDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY
March 23, 2021, 6:23 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T12 – FOR WEEK OF 3/22/21

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JOHN 11 – WHEN GOD’S LOVE HURTS

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #20

 

Sometimes God's love hurts. I am reminded of a secular song that went, "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden."

 

God's love sometimes hurts because we need the hurts to develop patience.

 

  • We need the hurts to draw closer to Him.
  • We need the hurts in order to glorify Him in such a way that others will want to place their faith in Him.
  • We need the hurts to ultimately enter into His presence by way of death.
  • We need the hurts in order to see His power over the hurts.
  • We need the hurts in order to see His glory.

 

There is an instance in John 11 that tells of a time when God's love did hurt for a while. But ultimately there was victory.

I am referring to the death of Lazarus and his ultimate resurrection from the dead.

 

We begin in John 11:1-3 by seeing a

 

DECLARATION – John 11:1-3

 

Vss. 1-2 – Town of Mary and Martha. Does God think of you when he thinks of your town.

 

Vs. 3 – I believe the love was based on the relationship established by faith in Christ. God’s children! John 1:12-13, Jeremiah 31:3

 

Being loved by God does not excuse us from problems and heartache. Includes discipline as needed – Hebrews 12:5-6

DESIGN – John 11:4

 

Let's get this truth in our hearts. GOD ALLOWS HURTS SO THAT ULTIMATELY HE WILL BE GLORIFIED.

 

If we have the right attitude during these hurts, we will be stronger, and will fulfill God's purpose that he be glorified.

 

  • When a Christian is sick, but is then made well, God is glorified. When a Christian is sick and dies, he goes into the immediate presence of His Savior in Heaven. God is glorified.
  • When a Christian patiently bears any kind of trial, God is glorified.

 

  • If a Christian suffers sickness for a long period of time God is glorified when that person and other loved ones and friends learn to trust God more and grow in Him.

 

When a Christian is chastened, God is glorified in two ways.

  1. God is glorified because He is showing His love for that person.
  2. God is glorified if and when the person being disciplined repents and makes things right!

 

DELAY – John 11:5-16

Vss. 5-6 – Notice Jesus loved them, so He delayed his coming, even though the delay would create misunderstanding.

Vss. 11-15 – The delay is explained to His disciples. Their faith would be strengthened as a result.

DISAPPOINTMENT – John 11:17-22, 32-37

 

Vs. 17 - The Lord arrived in Bethany. Lazarus had already been dead for four days. Often, when God works a miracle, all human hope of success is gone.

 

Mary and Martha were disappointed.

 

When disappointments come, we must remember that God is in our disappointments. So often we are disappointed because we did not get our way.  But if God has been allowed to have His way, then ultimately, God will be glorified!

 

How do we handle our disappointments?

The way we handle all of life's situations.

We are to bring them to the Lord! 1 Peter 5:7

 

DECISION – John 11:23-27

 

Vss. 25-26 – Born once die twice. Born twice die once.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

 

Vs. 27 - Martha gave the correct answer.

Her faith was in Christ!

That faith would get her through her current crisis, and will get you through yours!

 

DESTINY!

 

Vss. 36-44 - Read

Now comes the great moment.

The moment of Lazarus' destiny had been reached.

He was raised from the dead!

 

Some of our hurts will be climaxed by glorious victory, as in the case of Lazarus. The problem will be solved and the hurt will be healed.

In other cases, the glorious victory will be our own peace, our own Spiritual growth, and the development of our own patience. I'd say that's just as much a victory, wouldn't you?

 

One last thought - While people could not raise Lazarus from the dead, they could roll away the stone, and they could remove the grave clothes.

Don't expect God to do with a miracle what He wants you to do in obedience to Him.

He will not do for you, what you should do yourself. He wants your obedience.

WHEN GOD'S LOVE HURTS:

 

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MATTHEW 21:1-11 – WHAT DO YOU SEE?

 

You have probably looked up into the clouds and using your imagination have seen clouds that look like people or objects. Perhaps, you’ve seen a rabbit or an elephant or someone’s face.

Or sometimes we will look at a nature scene or a natural object and see a face or an animal. You might of heard of the Old Man of the Mountain.

“The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as the Great Stone Face or the Profile, was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States, that appeared to be the jagged profile of a face when viewed from the north. The rock formation was 1,200 feet (370 m) above Profile Lake, and measured 40 feet (12 m) tall and 25 feet (7.6 m) wide. The site is located in the town of Franconia. The first recorded mention of the Old Man was in 1805. It collapsed on May 3, 2003.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_of_the_Mountain

More important than seeing faces and images in clouds and mountains is seeing significance or learning lessons from what we are doing or what we are reading.

There were many participants in the First Palm Sunday.

 

TWO SAW A RESPONSIBILITY – Matthew 21:1-3

Matthew 21:6, John 14:15, John 14:21

THE OWNERS SAW AN OPPORTUNITY – Mark 11:4-6

Galatians 6:10, 1 John 3:16-18

ALL SAW PROPHECY FULFILLED – Matthew 21:4-5

Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

 

THE DONKEYS SAW THEIR CREATOR AND MASTER

Mark 11:2, Colossians 1:16, Psalm 139:14, 1 Corinthians 8:6

 

THE DISCIPLES SAW THEIR KING – Matthew 21:9

Luke 19:37-38, Romans 10:9-10, Philippians 2:10-11

 

THE LEADERS SAW A PROBLEM – LUKE 19:39-40

John 5:39-40, 44

JESUS SAW THE CROSS – Luke 18:31-33

Galatians 2:20, Luke 9:23

 

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

SEE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

SEE YOUR CREATOR

SEE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES

SEE YOUR KING

SEE YOUR PROBLEM

SEE YOUR CROSS

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MATTHEW 21:1-11 – GOOD DISCIPLES

 

We hear much about the faults of the disciples, especially before Pentecost.  However, there were many times that the disciples did say and do the right things.  In the Palm Sunday story, please some of the qualities of good disciples.

 

1. Ears to listen. Vss. 1-5

2. Feet to go. Vs. 6a

3. Will to obey. Vs. 6b-7

4. Possessions to share. Vss. 7-8

5. Lips to proclaim. Vss. 9-11

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MARK 11:1-10 – LIKE THE COLT

 

YOU ARE NEEDED - Vss. 1-6

Of course, because God is God, He technically needs nothing.  However, He has chosen to use each of us in ministry. Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 4:10-11

He has also chosen us to worship Him. Hebrews 13:15

 

YOU ARE TO CARRY JESUS - Vs. 7

The colt carried Jesus to Jerusalem and to a multitude of people.

We are to carry Jesus to the multitudes. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15

 

YOU ARE TO BE UNDER HIS CONTROL - Vs. 7

The colt was unbroken, but he was "broken" by Jesus.

Jesus wants to break us and have full control of our lives. Romans 12:1, Galatians 2:20

 

YOU ARE TO BE FORGOTTEN AS CHRIST IS WORSHIPPED - Vss. 8-10

The further the Lord went, the more likely it is, that people forgot the colt.

So it should be with us as well. John the Baptist stated it well when he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30)

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LUKE 19:28-48 – UNDERSTANDING PALM SUNDAY

 

ARRANGEMENTS BY JESUS - Vss. 29-34

 

ARRIVAL OF JESUS - Vss. 35-36

 

ACCLAMATION FOR JESUS - Vss. 37-38

 

ANTAGONISM AGAINST JESUS - Vss. 39-40, 47-48

 

AGONY OF JESUS - Vss. 41-44

 

ANGER OF JESUS - Vss. 45-46

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MATTHEW 27:11-28 – PILATE ON TRIAL

 

We generally think of Jesus appearing before Pontius Pilate as Jesus being

on trial. In reality, it was Pilate who was on trial. What would he do to a man who he

knew to be innocent?

 

AFFIRMATION OF CHRIST'S IDENTITY Vs. 11

Jesus was asked if He was the king of the Jews. He answered in the

affirmative.

 

ACCUSATION BY CHRIST'S ENEMIES Vss. 12-14

 

ATTEMPT AT CHRIST'S RELEASE Vss. 15-23

Pilate sought a political solution that would allow him to "save face."

 

AGREEMENT TO CHRIST'S DEATH Vss. 24-28

 

Washing his hands concerning the matter did not make Pilate innocent.

He still consented to a death that he could have, humanly speaking,

prevented.

 

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MARK 15:1-38 – FOR ME!

 

In Galatians 2:20 Paul states that Jesus loved him and gave Himself for him.  Jesus loved and gave Himself for us as well. Mark shows us what terrible trouble Jesus faced for me!

 

ACCUSATION - Vss. 1-3 - He was falsely accused before Pilate by the chief priests, who should have received Him as their Messiah.

 

REJECTION - Vss. 6-14 - His own people rejected Him in favor of a convicted criminal, Barabbas.

 

HUMILIATION - Vss. 15-28

1. From the soldiers - Vss. 15-23

2. On the cross - Vss. 24-33

 

SEPARATION - Vss. 34-36 - Because He was bearing the sin of the world, even God the Father separated Himself from His Son during this time.

 

VINDICATION - Vss. 37-38 - When the veil was torn in two it indicated that God had accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for sin.  The way was open to the "holy of holies" through Christ.

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LUKE 23:1-25 – INJUSTICE!

 

INNOCENCE SEEN BY PILATE – Vss. 1-4

INQUISITION BEFORE HEROD – Vss. 5-12

INTENT TO RELEASE JESUS – Vss. 13-17

INSURRECTION OF THE CROWD – Vss. 18-23

INDICTMENT AGAINST JESUS SUSTAINED – Vss. 24-25

 

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JOHN 13:18-30 – BETRAYED!

We have all been hurt by our friends from time to time. I venture to say that most of those hurts were not given to us intentionally.  Being hurt by a friend is bad, but being betrayed by a friend is far worse.  When someone we have trusted, breaks that trust, turns on us and does us harm, we are betrayed.

 

Of course the greatest betrayal in all of history was Judas' betrayal of Jesus. 

 

THE TRAITOR DECLARED - Vss. 18-21

Jesus announces to all that one of the twelve would betray him (Vs. 18). He told them in advance, so they would believe in Him as the omniscient Son of God (Vs. 19)

Judas was allowed to be present with the twelve so that Scripture would be fulfilled (Vs. 18, Psalm 41:9)

 

THE TRAITOR DESIGNATED - Vss. 22-26 (Compare Matthew 26:20-25)

It is interesting that all the disciples thought themselves capable of betraying Jesus.

Perhaps, when Judas asked if he was the traitor, it was done in such low tones, nobody but he and Judas could hear.

Jesus took a choice morsel (sop) of food and offered it to Judas. This indicated that he was the traitor. Usually this act was used for giving honor to a guest.  Even as Jesus identified Judas, he was also reaching out to him in love.

 

THE TRAITOR DISMISSED - Vss. 27-30

It was after Jesus identified Judas and gave him the morsel of food that Satan entered Judas. It is as if he rejected Jesus’ last overture of peace and love. When Judas did that Satan entered and Judas left. “And it was night”.

 

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JOHN 13:1-7 – LOWLY SERVICE

Jesus shows us what it means to perform lowly service in the Upper Room just before He was crucified.

 

HIS SECURITY AS THE SON – Vss. 1-3

Jesus knew it was time to leave this world. Vs. 1

Jesus loved His own. Vs. 1

Jesus knew that He would be betrayed. Vs. 2

Jesus knew “that the Father had given all things into hands.” Vs. 3

Jesus knew “that he was come from God, and went to God.” Vs. 3

 

HIS SERVICE AS THE SAVIOR – Vss. 4-11

He took the servants’ job of washing the Apostles’ feet. Vss. 4-5

He was resisted by Peter. Vss. 6-8

Every believer must be washed by Jesus. Originally for salvation and regularly for the cleansing of daily sin. Vss. 8-11, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 1:9

 

HIS STANDARD AS OUR SUPERIOR – Vss. 12-17

Jesus is Master and Lord – Vs. 13

We are to follow the Lord’s example – Vss. 14-15

We can not escape the responsibility – Vs. 16

Obedience leads to happiness. – Vs. 17

 

Although some believe in the literal washing of the brethren’s feet, I view this as figurative.

I wash a brother’s feet, so to speak, when I serve him or her humbly. Philippians 2:1-4

I wash a brother’s feet when I help them deal with a sin problem. Galatians 6:1-2

If lowly service to my brother means literally washing his feet, I WILL wash his feet.

 

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