6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” MATTHEW 21:6-11

 

EVERYONE HAD AN EXPECTATION OF WHAT THEY WANTED FROM JESUS.

 

CROWD – FREEDOM

 

DISCIPLES – POWER

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” MARK 10:35-37

 

JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERS – THINGS TO STAY THE SAME

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JESUS GAVE US FREEDOM FROM SIN AND DEATH –

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. ROMANS 8:1-3

 

JESUS BECAME A SERVANT –

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  MATTHEW 20:25-28

 

WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER JESUS – YOU CAN NEVER BE THE SAME.

16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate a the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:15-18

 

TALK IT OVER

What group do you identify yourself with?

Fill in the blank: “I’ve used Jesus as a ________ in my life.” Why do you think you’ve done this?

How have you been changed by Jesus?