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Palm Sunday

Introduction:

– Visits by the right people at the right time can make a huge difference

– A visitation is when the Sovereign God breaks into our lives and we are changed by that encounter.

Palm Sunday: A Day of Applause

– When a king or a general came in peace, they rode a donkey.

– The Lord has need for it. Common practice that when somebody important needed to make an entrance.

– The people expected a regime change. Jesus would come as the Suffering Servant not the conquering King.

– Sometimes our expectations cause us to miss the moment.

– While Jesus deserved the response of the crowd, there were those who wanted him to rebuke his followers.

– Jesus’ response: If they don’t, creation will worship me. Creation is more aware of this visitation than you are!

– His Day of Applause would be short-lived because Jesus’ throne was a cross.

Why does God visit us?

– To bless and/or encourage us

– To confront us

– To save us

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” – Blaise Pascal

– To wrap up human history

– To offer us an opportunity to respond; do not miss it!

God-visits

– According to the Scriptures – Every person on the planet receives a God-visit.

– Accepting his invitation to become a follower of Jesus is not the end, but the beginning of God-visits.

– Live in expectation of visitations from God

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