A sermon for Palm Sunday, and beyond.”
On Palm Sunday we remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We remember how he rode into the city on a donkey, and the crowds were waiting for him. They had heard about him. They loved him. They threw their coats on the ground, and spread their palms out on the road, and they cheered as he came in. They were looking for the Messiah and they were sure it was Him. And we are so, so close to Easter. We almost want to take this day as a warm-up, a celebration before the big celebration. We all know that something happens between Sundays. And the story isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Stories about Jesus seldom are.
We all hope that every year, our life is going to get better right? It could be in multiple categories. Maybe we’re hoping relationally our life will be better with family, with friends. Maybe your marriage is good. Maybe it’s not but you’re hoping it’s better next year. It could be from a financial standpoint. You’re hoping this year that you make more money or you eliminate some debt. It could be from a physical standpoint. You want to be healthier this year than you were in last year. Most importantly perhaps you’re hoping that spiritually your walk with Christ will be stronger next year than it was this year. Join us next week as we put our hope in action!
This week, what I want to do is I want to talk about overcoming something that so many of us battle with. I want to talk about overcoming fear. It might be for you, when you were a little child, you were afraid of a thunderstorm. It might be that you were a teenager and you were actually afraid that your parents’ marriage may not make it. Today, now that you’re older, so many of us, we have grownup fears, right? We’re afraid the economy might go down, we might lose our job. We’re afraid that something’s going to happen to one of our children. All of us, at different points in our life, will battle with feelings of fear. Fear is not from God, therefore, by the help of God, we will overcome the fear that has held us hostage.
This week we’re going to be talking about labels. If I asked you the question, “Hey, would you describe yourself to me, maybe just three words, what would you say?” Here’s why I ask you that. This week, we’re going to be talking about overcoming labels. This is what a label is. A label is a phrase that is used to describe a person or a thing, particularly one that’s restrictive in nature. Whether we know it or not, labels are powerful.