Skip to main content

Sermon Wrap Up: April 1

AM Audio Link Here or Here

PM Audio Link Here or Here

I'm not sure if one of those links is better than the other, so let me know if you see a reason to prefer one. I'm curious.

Morning Outline:

Text: John 12:12-14; John 13:21-28; John 19:15

Let us look at the two crowds of the Easter Story today:

I. The first crowd: shouting "hosanna" and seeing the signs and miracles of Jesus

     A. This crowd are those who cheer the benefits of God in the here and now

     B. This crowd are those who find some form of good in Jesus

          1. Good teacher

          2. Good morals

          3. Good intentions

II. The second crowd: shouting "Crucify him!" and putting their trust into the kings of this world

     A. This crowd are those who refuse to look beyond themselves and this world

     B. This crowd are those who find no good in Jesus

          1. No worthwhile teaching

          2. Unnecessary restrictive morality

          3. Powerful intentions

          4. Or, no power at all

III. These two crowds are not the only people, though:

     A. There's Jesus. You're not Him.

     B. There's Pilate and the chief priests. You ought not be them, either: they come to the story with their minds made up

     C. There's the disciples. We ought to be them--

          1. What sets them apart? Why are they different from the crowds? Intimacy with the Messiah

          2. What has happened to draw them apart, what experience has separated them from the crowds of Palm Sunday?

IV. The Last Supper--they are different because of the time spent at the table with Jesus.

     A. Listening to His words: we have lost an important part of many of our meals. The time around the table is not just about food but about relationship.  You need to be there with your family, with others, as best you can

     B. Opportunities for grace: Judas is there. Peter is there. Both face choices in front of them and neither will do well with those choices--Judas will betray Jesus then end his life; Peter will try violence then denial. Yet the table was for them, and the others, a place of grace

     C. Learning what it really means: Jesus walks them through the most important lessons they'll need:

          1. Service to each other: in His washing of their feet

          2. The pain of sin: the bread, broken, a reminder of the death of His body

          3. The price of sin: the cup, poured out and distributed, as His blood poured out for our forgiveness

          4. The promise: that the disciples would take the bread and the cup with Him again in the new kingdom; that all who follow will live with Him

V. So where are you today? You are invited to the table--but to reach that point, one must leave the crowd--

     A. Accept His word   

     B. Acknowledge that your sin caused His death

     C. Surrender to Him as Lord

     D. Walk with Him daily

VI. If you are His, then this table is for you.

     A. A reminder of the cost

     B. A pull from the crowds--either one

     C. A commitment to go forward with Him


Evening Outline:

John 12:20-26

After the Triumphal Entry, we see this odd little story: a group of Greeks come to Philip and ask him if they can see Jesus.

Philip goes to Andrew, and they go to Jesus. And Jesus says...

That this world:

1. Is about His glory

2. Requires that we die to bear fruit--that fruit? Lives following Jesus

3. We must serve Him by following: doing what He did, teaching what He said

Scripture is not clear whether or not the Greeks actually saw and spoke to Jesus--I think they did.

They represent a world that still, in all of the things that go wrong, cries out "We wish to see Jesus!"


1. We wish to see great preachers--whether they are great at it, great-looking, or both.

2. We wish to see grand buildings--though we do not neglect the places God has blessed us with, nor neglect to do what is needed to have places to gather and grow

3. We wish to see glorious programs--though we come to take part in activities, they are no real comfort in death

How about you?

Have you seen Jesus?

Are you willing to hate your own life that others may see Jesus?

Are you following in the steps He took, though they lead through cold, dark mountains or on streets of gold?


Popular posts from this blog

Book: By the Waters of Babylon

Worship. It is what the church does as we strive to honor God with our lips and our lives. And then, many churches argue about worship. I have about a half-dozen books on my shelf about worship, but adding Scott Aniol’s By the Waters of Babylon to the shelf has been excellent.

First of all, Aniol’s work is not based on solving a musical debate. While that branch of worship is often the most troublesome in the local church, By the Waters of Babylon takes a broader view. The starting point is the place of the church. That place is a parallel of Psalm 137, where the people of God, Israel, found themselves in a strange land. The people of God, again, find themselves in a strange land.
Second, in summary, the book works logically to the text of Scripture, primarily Psalm 137 but well-filled with other passages. Then it works outward from how the text addresses the problems submitted in the first chapter into how worship, specifically corporate worship, should look in the 21st century Weste…

Put Down That Tablet! Exodus 35

Moses assembles the people of Israel at Sinai one last time before they set out into the wilderness, headed for the Promised Land. He gives them a reminder of some portions of the commands of God and emphasizes the construction of the Tabernacle (Exodus 35 link).He also gives the one Biblical mention of tablet-type mobile devices in Exodus 35:3, where the command is given not to use your Kindle Fire on the Sabbath Day. Some of you just groaned. Some of you skipped the one-liner, and others just missed it. I’ll address you all in turn, but first let us address the person who thought this might be the hidden meaning of that command. After all, we are so easily distracted from our worship and commitment by all of the digital noise around us, why would we not take this text in this manner?The quite simple answer is: because it is not about digital devices. In total, the command to focus the day on Yahweh, Covenant God of Israel and all of Creation, and if your device subtracts from your f…

Book Review: The Heart Mender by @andyandrews (Andy Andrews)

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second ChancesEver read a book that you just kind of wish is true?  That's my take on The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews.  It's a charming story of love and forgiveness, and it's woven into the historical setting of World War II America.  For the narrative alone, the book is worth the read, but the message it contains is well worth absorbing as well.However, let's drop back a minute.  This book was originally published under the title Island of Saints.  I read Island of Saints and enjoyed it greatly.  Now, Andrews has released it under a new title, with a few minor changes.  All of this is explained in the Author's Note at the beginning, but should be noted for purchaser's sake.  If you read Island of Saints, you're rereading when you read The Heart Mender.  Now, go ahead and reread it.  It will not hurt you one bit.Overall, the story is well-paced.  There are points where I'd like more detail, both in the history and the geog…