April 14th 2019
1. WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE CROWD MEETING JESUS WITH PALM BRANCHES? WHAT DO YOU THINK PROMPTED THE CROWD TO DO THIS? See Leviticus 23:40 and Revelation 7:9. .
2. HOW WOULD A PERSON RIDING ON A DONKEY AND CLAIMING TO BE A KING BE RECEIVED TODAY? WHY DID JESUS CHOOSE THIS MEANS OF ENTERING JERUSALEM? See Zechariah 9:9. WHY WILL JESUS RETURN DIFFERENTLY IN THE FUTURE? See Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 6:1-17
3. It’s likely that two crowds met Jesus on this day: one coming with Him from Bethany (excited over His miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead) and another crowd who met Him in Jerusalem waving palm branches (likely excited that Jesus was their great king (verses 12-13). Both these crowds' expectations were unmet (He did not raise all the dead people and He wasn't the kind of king the crowds expected), yet Jesus came, as King and Lord, and fulfilled prophecy (Zechariah 9:9; Mark 15:2). WHEN HAVE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF JESUS' WAYS BEEN UNMET? WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE?