Less Is More: Change Your Cheer

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

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Hey, welcome this morning! So glad you’re here! Does everybody know what today is? Palm Sunday! I got some church people out there. Palm Sunday. Happy Palm Sunday to each one of you! Hey, just just another kind of plug, I’d love to see each of you at our Good Friday service. That’s this Friday at 7 as we kind of walk our way through Holy Week. We’re going to be talking today about Palm Sunday, but I wanted to maybe pause and reflect a bit this week.

As we’ve been kind of walking through the series about Less is More, the idea is to kind of hit the pause button in your life. And I know maybe some of you throughout the last 40 days or so since we’ve kind of started this kind of prayer and fasting, maybe you’ve had a hard time kind of hitting the pause button on your life and kind of retreating away and hearing what God might speak to you, spending a little bit more extended time in the word. I want to encourage it this week. Would you do that? Just just kind of take some moments. Maybe you maybe you take a lunch break and take your Bible with you and read through some of the gospels of what Jesus did for you during this what we call Holy Week. This is Palm Sunday leading up to Good Friday. I want to see us as a church put our Roots down just a little bit deeper, and see what God might speak to us as we kind of Hit the pause button and allow God to speak to us. I think that’s really important. And one of the ways we do that is coming together collectively on Friday, taking time out of our schedules and being here together in corporate worship. And also we’ll do some reflection and then there’s some experiences that we’re going to be having as well, kind of taking you through different stations of things that we would call as Jesus kind of walked to the cross, and you’ll get to experience that. And I want to encourage you, please make an effort to be here on Friday. I think you’ll you’ll find it a richly rewarding experience for you and your walk with God.

Okay. Well with that, let me go ahead and pray this morning, and again, I’m so glad you guys are here. Just join with me in prayer. Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that you would be with us today, that you would speak to our heart, that you would whisper to us, that you would think about the words of the song that we sang, that you would blow through the caverns of our soul. Lord, that you would you would wake us up this morning to the reality of who You are. Lord, not our preconceived ideas about you, but that you would wake us up to the reality of who You are, that You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. And I pray God that we would humbly submit to you today in our thoughts and in our words in our deeds as we walk this week out contemplating what You, Jesus, did for us. In Your name we pray. Everybody said Amen. Amen.

Well, this is Palm Sunday. I wanted to read this passage out of Matthew 21 and you can see it on the screen, or you can turn to it in your Cross Points app, or in your Bible as well as some of you actually have paper Bibles, that’s great, you can pull that out as well.

 

Matthew 21:1-14 NLT
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” 4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, 5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’” 6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. 8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” 10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

Matthew 21 says this. Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem. Now I want you to think the passage here is not just talking about just the 12 disciples. There were literally hundreds of disciples that were following after Jesus. So it’s a pretty big crowd that is following Jesus. As they approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. And Jesus sent two of them, two of the disciples on ahead, and he said, Go into the village over there. And he said, as soon as you enter it you will see a donkey. And it’s going to be tied there with its colt beside it. I want you to untie them and bring them to me. So Jesus is giving some instructions to the disciples, saying Hey, there’s this donkey and its colt. I want you to come and bring it to me. Okay? Untie it. If anyone asks what you were doing to say, the Lord needs them, and he will immediately let you take them.

So this is significant as well. This took place to fulfill the prophecy. Now, they’re reaching all the way back to hundreds of years before this to fulfill a prophecy. And it says this. Tell the people of Jerusalem, Look! Your king is coming to you, He is humble, riding on a donkey, riding on a donkey’s colt. So the two disciples did Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the Colt to him and threw their garments over the colt. And He – that is Jesus – He sat on it. And most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him. And others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting praise God for the Son of David. Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Praise God in highest heaven. And then the entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered with his disciples and the whole crowd. And they begin to ask, who is this? And the crowds replied, It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.

Okay. There’s a lot of things going on with this passage and I want to give you just a little bit of background before we kind of dive into some points that I think are really relevant today in your own life and in my own life.

The first is you need to understand that this is the time of the Passover. If you remember, way back in the Old Testament, when the children of Israel were in Egypt, and God released them with a very last plague, the last 10th plague where the angel of death went throughout the land of Egypt and he passed over those that had the blood of the Lamb on the doorpost. And so this is this tremendous Festival that Is in remembrance of God releasing the children of Israel out of slavery, out of bondage, out of tyranny, out of destruction. He releases them from that in this season of Passover. And as the the angel of death passed over these homes that had the blood on the doorpost, God was doing something; He was releasing them from destruction.

And so now, thousands of years later they’re celebrating, they’re remembering what God did. And this is one of three feasts that the children of Israel, particularly the men of Israel, were called to come from wherever they lived in all the world to come to Jerusalem and celebrate this Feast. And so the city of Jerusalem, from best Theologian’s estimates, at this point was around 20 to 30,000 people that lived in Jerusalem. But during this Passover season Pilgrims from all over the world would come to Jerusalem, and they would like, invade, and the city would swell from 20,000 to 200,000. Some theologians believe that even mushroomed up to 500,000 people. So if you can imagine this city would be like maybe the city of Shawnee. We have about fifty or sixty thousand people in our city. It would be like this city would immediately grow and mushroom to a half a million people for this Festival. I mean people were everywhere, and it was crowded, and there was all the noise, and everyone was looking for a place to stay, looking for a place to eat. And there was just all of the excitement of the celebration of this Passover meal. And as all of this is taking place, Jesus along with his disciples and a whole contingent of pilgrims are making their way to Jerusalem.

And as they find themselves on the road to Jerusalem, they begin to sing what the scripture calls the Halal. They are the Psalms of Psalm 113 to Psalm 118 and these – the Jewish men particularly – had memorized these Psalms, from 113 to 118. They would begin to chant and sing these songs on the journey to Jerusalem. And Jesus himself I’m sure was singing the songs along with the crowd and chanting the words of these hymns, the Halal. And the reason why we call it the Hallel is, it’s the praise of God. Psalm 113 starts off and it says, Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

And so they’re beginning to kind of condition themselves, to set their minds right about God being praised and glorified. And all together these pilgrims would need each other on the road and they begin to sing the songs of praise the Halal – Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! God is good! This is the day that He’s made! Hallelujah! And the refrain would continue and continue, until they would get the Psalm 118 which was the last song that they had memorized. And it went from a Hallelujah to a Hosanna. And if you find in the the last part of Psalm 118, you’ll see this passage at the very end of it says, Lord save us! Lord save us! And and in that word there is Hosanna! Hosanna! It means God save us, we pray. God, we pray that you would save us. They start with praising God – Hallelujah! And they end with Hosanna. And this is the refrain that goes on and on and on.

And these people that are being excited about God and thinking back to all of the things that He’s done in the past. And their anticipation is building and their excitement is building. As I was thinking about this concept of what the people of Israel were experiencing as they were on the road to Jerusalem, there was a certain amount of expectation in their heart.

Tonight I was thinking about this idea of expectation. And I remember, I want to share kind of a personal story. When I was about 21 years old, I was on staff here at CrossPoints, back in the day it was called Full Faith Church of love, that was the original name of this church, and we changed our name in 2016. Same church and same pastors and all that. But back when I was about 21 years old, I was back there in the by our kids Auditorium, and we were having some kind of small worship service. It was kind of an intimate gathering for about a hundred of us, and we were worshiping and I was just outside the hall and I had my hands lifted High. I’m just asking God to speak to me and all of a sudden God spoke to me and he said, David one day you’re going to be the lead Pastor. You’re going to be the senior Pastor of this church. And as those words came in to me, there was this kind of – I don’t know if you’ve ever had this happen in your own life – but there’s this moment of ecstatic excitement. Real Joy. Like wow, that’s awesome. And at the same time there was a moment of terror like, oh my goodness. No way.

You ever had those emotions before? Where you had just conflicting thoughts? And at that point our church was pretty large, one of the largest churches here in Kansas City. We were about 3,500 people 4,000 people. And I was thinking to myself, Wow. God, if that’s really You, I can’t wait.

And I began to have these expectations and they rolled through my mind for several years. The expectations and the thoughts in my mind were like, I begin to shift my focus and my thinking when I went about my day as this young kind of Associate Pastor. My job title had just recently changed. I was up I was Youth Assistant. I was just kind of an intern. They brought me on staff full-time and then I became the Missions Assistant and they gave me the title of Pastor. And I’ll never forget that it because I would like, finely like, I’ve arrived. I can’t believe it. And there was this huge church. I remember like with all the other pastors being in one of our board meetings. I was in this room and had all these guys and back then, we all wore suits and ties. And I remember sitting in this room and I was like, I can’t believe I’m here, like I’m with all of these guys and I got a secret that they don’t know. That God’s going to make me the Senior Pastor at some point. And I was like, I can’t believe I’m here. And I’m sitting around the room and then I go to conferences and go to lunches and we have we have gatherings of other pastors and churches that we were overseeing. Not only were we a large church, but we had 12 or 15 other churches that we were giving direction to. And I begin to think OK, what would I do? What what I say? And then my mind kind of let me go I can’t believe that this is going to be awesome. I wonder when God is going to actually make this happen. And then I began to have the doubts, like I don’t know if this is ever going to happen. Was I just hearing something? Anybody else ever have those thoughts? Feel like God speaks to you something, and then, like, I don’t know if that was really Him? Or maybe I just ate something last night? Maybe I’m just hoping for it and just wishing for it?

Then you kind of play all the mental gymnastics and then at some point you have to come to a place where you’re just like, Okay God. I trust you, I believe that’s what you spoke. I wasn’t thinking it. You spoke it to me and I’m going to hold on to it. And I’m going to have all these expectations about okay. I’m going to be preaching the thousands of people. I want to really listen to how the pastor is preaching right now because I want to kind of have that same kind of temperament and mood and obviously God as you can I want Your anointing. All these thoughts filled my mind about the expectations of what was going to happen with me.

And then something happened that crushed all of those dreams that I had. The senior pastor a few years later sent a fax to the church staff – faxes back in those days, little letters electronically that went through – and he said I’ve left the church. I’m divorcing my wife and I’m taking off with the secretary and we’re moving to Florida.

And at that point it was like an atomic bomb went off in this church. Like we were huge church and it was like within the month people were so disappointed, and so dejected, and so overcome. Some of you were here during that time and you know what I’m talking about. It was so difficult and so challenging that people just like scattered. And they left. And we saw the church like I go in half in a couple of months. And then over the course of the years I saw friends and people in the church that just left. People that I was close to and had super expectations things are going to happen down the road. Now all those dreams and everything else began to subside. And we just continued to decrease in size and influence over the years. And as I began to think about that, my dreams of what I had in my mind about preaching to crowds of thousands of overseeing churches of hundreds – all of those dreams began to slowly fade away.

Projected Expectations

The reason is because I had projected expectations on the way things were, and saw them in my mind as the way I thought they should be.

And I don’t know about you, but maybe you’ve had that same experience, where you had certain expectations in your life, where you projected certain things that would take place, where that you’re going to get that certain job. That you were going to be healed of this certain disease. That God was going to do something for you, that you saw the path forward, and then It didn’t happen the way that you thought it would take place.

Anybody ever have those moments in your life? Yeah. This is what happened to the crowd in Jerusalem. And I want to re-read these two verses. And I want to kind of bring you into the thought of the crowd at this point. It says this is Matthew 21. We just read this but let’s read it again.

 

Matthew 21:7-9 NLT
They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. 8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”

 

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of Him. And others they cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Now, I want you to stop here. These branches were not just ordinary branches. They just weren’t something that the crowd kind of just thought of all of a sudden. This was an intentional act of the pilgrims that were coming into Jerusalem. This was an intentional act of the people of Jerusalem as they cut these palm branches down, they were thinking back to 200 years earlier where the Maccabean family had released the children of Israel from the tyranny of some pagan overlord that had come in and ruined Jerusalem. The Maccabean family they revolted and resisted and destroyed all of the pagans in their land, and drove them out. And they had a period of independence. And the symbol for this Maccabean family were these palm branches that signified victory over all the pagans, over all the Greeks and over all the Romans. And so when they’re cutting down the branches from the trees, they are signaling that Jesus is going to be the king that’s going to release them from the tyranny of the Romans. And He’s going to drive them out. And it’s very intentional. And the crowd knows what’s going on. And it says in verse 9, and I find this really interesting, that Jesus was in the center of the procession and the people were all around him and they were shouting. This is one of the only times in Scripture that we find Jesus elevated from the crowd. This is the only time when Jesus – in a sense I’m going to use this word – He’s flaunting his power. He’s saying Yes, I am the king of Israel. I am the king of Jerusalem and I’m walking in. And then as the crowd begins to shout, they’re affirming what Jesus is doing, they’re saying praise God for the son of David. In other words they are harkening back to King David. And they’re thinking about the history of Israel, and how they had kings that ruled over them and they weren’t governed by any foreign lands. And so they had these certain expectations. They expected Jesus to come in and to change things. But what they didn’t see was that Jesus wasn’t riding on a horse in battle. He was riding on a donkey. He was riding in humbly as the king who came to save them from what they didn’t even know they needed saving from.

And I think that’s where many of us find us find ourselves today, is that we think we know what we need saving from. We think we know what God needs to do in our lives. And so we get all excited and we start shouting we start doing, God, I want you to do this, and God I want you to do that, and God if you only do that, then I praise you, I love you, I thank you. And we sometimes get whipped up into a frenzy like the crowd. And then when things don’t take place like we expect them to something happens in our lives in our hearts.

You know when our pastor left – and the better part of that story is that he eventually came back and reconciled with his wife, and got back into Ministry, and that was such a wonderful thing. But what that did for so many people is it created a great deal of disappointment in their lives. They were disappointed not only at leadership here, but they were disappointed in God because he didn’t do what they thought that he should do.

Perhaps the greatest threat to our faith is not doubting God, but being disappointed with God.

And I think that perhaps the greatest threat to our faith is not doubting God, but being disappointed with God. Let me say that one more time. That perhaps the greatest threat of faith is not doubting God, but being disappointed with him.

And what happened with the with the crowds is it they had this expectation that Jesus was going to ride in and get rid of the Romans. He was going to ride in and He was going to raise an army. He was going to ride in and set everything right. And it was all going to be wonderful and beautiful. And they were going to be free. Finally they were going to be free at last. And as Jesus began to walk through the week from Sunday all the way through to Friday, He didn’t meet their expectations. Jesus didn’t raise an army. He began preaching sermons. He didn’t do what the crowd expected him to do. He wasn’t the king that strapped on a sword and said let’s get rid of these people. And so the crowd went from disappointed to disillusioned.

I think that’s what happens with us sometimes. We might not say it. We might not verbalize it, but sometimes God not only disappoints us, but we get this disillusioned with the way in which we think God should operate and act on our behalf.

I want to think about this word just for a second, about disillusionment. Disillusionment is simply this: Disillusionment is the loss of Illusion.

Disillusionment is the loss of Illusion.

Okay, that’s real simple. The loss of illusion. We have ideas and perspectives. I think people have all of this in their minds when it comes to God. Sometimes they think God is like the holy Matchmaker in the sky. Right? He’s going to give me my that spouse, He’s going to connect me to true love. God’s my Sugar Daddy in the sky. He’s going to provide for me. God’s my Divine doctor, He’s going to heal everything. God’s going to do this, God’s going to do that. And we have a way of framing how God has to operate in our lives. He is all those things. He does provide for us. He does heal us. He does cleanse us. He does protect us. But we frame it in a way in which we see the world happening, and the way in which we think we have to walk those things out, and how He has to respond to us.

And disillusionment, I think Jesus set the crowd up to not just disappoint them, but to disillusion, to make them disillusioned with their thought about Jesus being this conquering King coming in to get rid of the Romans.

Disillusionment happens or occurs when God shatters our fantasies.

And sometimes some of us have fantasies about how God is going to act and respond in our lives. And when God doesn’t begin to conform to the way in which we think, we get disappointed. And when we get disappointed, we get disillusioned. And when we get disillusioned, man, it can it can extract us from our faith. In other words, it can keep us from having faith and confidence and trust in God because we begin to tell God how He should act, instead of allowing him to be the God and the King and the Lord that He is.

I want to preach this to you. I want to make sure you understand this. He’s God and you’re not. He created the heavens and the Earth. And He sits enthroned above all of creation. He formed and fashioned you, that He made you, that He created everything that you see. And without him, no one could exist. Like we need to have that understanding I think in twenty-first-century America. We tend to see ourselves higher than what we really are. And so because we see ourselves as, even in the church it seeps in – that we don’t really see God as High and Lifted Up. The One Who can do whatever He wants to do. You see, God doesn’t exist to conform to your expectations. He’s God. He’s holy. He’s righteous. He’s Other Than – that’s what that word Holy means – Other Than.

God doesn’t exist to conform to your expectations.

I was reading this article about this guy who looked at Google search results over the last 10 years. And he looked at what people in America were searching. What were they thinking about? And he did all kinds of different studies about different things. But one of them caught my eye, and the one was, he’s researched questions that people had in America about God. What were the top questions that people in America had about God.

These are the most Googled questions about God. They give us a little bit of a picture of what people think about God. Here they are.

The first one: Who created God?
Okay. I like that, right? People are thinking where did God come from? He just always was. People don’t like that answer. He always – well our minds can’t get around that answer.

But the next three questions, I think hit to something that we need to dive a little bit deeper into today.

The second question was: Why does God allow suffering?
See, it goes to this question of disappointment, because many people experience suffering in their life. They live a certain way, like they’re obeying all the rules. They’re doing all the things that they know to do right, and they still experience suffering in their life. Maybe from other people, maybe from medical reports, or whatever. And so then they don’t understand why does God allow suffering? Why does He allow good people to suffer? The question that Job asked. These are questions that people are asking.

The third asked question was: Why does God hate me?
And I think it’s read in the same context, like we’re disappointed that God didn’t didn’t come through like I thought He was supposed to, so He doesn’t like me. He doesn’t like me. He hates me, and my life isn’t like I thought it would be.

I thought this fourth one was really revealing. Maybe a lot of young people and maybe older people asking the question too. Why did God make me ugly?
Why did He make me the way that I am? Like, I don’t like who I am. God, it’s Your fault. Again, it’s disappointment. It’s expectations.

We’re projecting your expectations on God. Everything should always go right. I should never have any problems. If I follow God nothing difficult is going to happen to me if I just walked the straight and narrow, it’s all going to be okay. And we project that on God. And when that doesn’t happen in our life, we get disappointed. We get disillusioned. And you’ve probably seen it and I’ve seen it too. People then tend to walk away from the faith, because God isn’t who we thought that He was. Have you seen that? People in your life that get disappointed. They’re hurt, they’re wounded because God didn’t perform the way that they wanted Him to. And the reason is because too often we worship a God that we don’t really know, and we don’t really understand.

Too often we worship a God that we don’t really know, and we don’t really understand.

I wonder what your expectations are when it comes to your walk with God. What are those things that you have in your mind that you think, God has to do this? He has to come through.

What are those things in your life where you been disappointed in life? Maybe God didn’t heal someone in your family. Maybe you didn’t get that job or that promotion. Or maybe you’re having a really hard time meeting the needs of your family. And you’re like God, this isn’t fair. Maybe you entered into a divorce and you weren’t expecting, it came out of nowhere, and now you’re a single Mom or a single Dad and you just try to make ends meet, and like, God, Why?

Tough questions. You see, we need to know who God really is. And Jesus didn’t come into Jerusalem to meet His followers expectations or ours. I want to make that really clear. He didn’t come into Jerusalem to meet His followers expectations or ours. He came to meet our needs.

God didn’t come into Jerusalem to meet His followers expectations or ours. He came to meet our needs.

And your needs and my needs are sometimes very different than what we think. If God is truly God, and He rules and reigns, and has all power and authority, and He knows everything, He knows what’s best for you. And you’re able to come to Him and say, Okay God. I’m not going to allow the disappointments of my life to disillusion my hope and my confidence in my trust in You.

And so we need to flip the script a little bit this morning. You see the crowd was singing Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Hosanna! God save us from the tyranny. And we see this in the church today. And I’m going to get on a hobby horse just for a second. We think that we’re going to find salvation in our political process. God save us from the Right. God save us from the Left. Save us from the Conservatives. Save us from the Liberals. Save us from Obama. Save us from from Trump. Save us from whatever. God save me from my boss. Save me from my salary. Save me from fill in the blank. God save me from these things. This is what we shout. Hosanna, praise the Lord. God I know you can do it. I know you can be my Sugar Daddy. God I know that you can be my divine protector. I know you can do this. I know you can do that. And so we’re whipped up into a frenzy and we begin to shout and cheer and yell, and and then when He doesn’t meet our expectations, and when certain things happen in our world, in our community, we get disappointed. We get this disillusioned. And we tend to fall away.

We need to change the way that we cheer.

Well, I want at challenge us today that we need to change the way that we cheer. We need to change the way that we cheer. That we don’t come to God with our own expectations. We come to God with a real Hallel. With a real hallelujah. Hallelujah! God be praised because You’re high and lifted up! Because You’re seated on the throne of the whole world. You’re the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. And You can do whatever You want to do in my life. It doesn’t belong to me God, it belongs to You.

When you have that kind of perspective, when you go through the difficulties of your life, when you lose someone that’s close to you, when you get a medical report that doesn’t seem to make sense, when you go through a divorce, when you go through whatever trial, your cheering is different. God, my life is in your hands. I don’t understand but I know You’re good. God, I know You’re faithful. That’s the kind of Hallel that God wants you to have in your own life.

Jesus says, Watch out. Watch out. Because if we have this Hallel going on. We need to be careful of what happens in our own heart. And Jesus says this, He says It’s what comes from inside you that defiles you. Hang with me, I know you think I’m going on a tangent here. But Jesus says, It’s not what comes from inside you that defiles you, but for from within, out of a person’s heart come evil thoughts and sexual immorality and theft and murder and adultery and greed and wickedness and deceit and lustful desires and envy and slander and pride and foolishness. All of this resides in our heart and we need to be careful from it. And when we shout these Hallels, these hallelujahs, when we shout our Hosannas and say, God save us, not from the community around us, but God save us from our sin in our heart and our own lives. That we’re wicked without You. Come and change our lives! Or keep those things far from me! Hallelujah! God, I know You’re the only one that has the power and the authority to change my heart. It’s not the culture. It’s not the person. It’s not your spouse. It’s not your boss. It’s not the amount of money that you have. It’s not what you go through. Only Jesus Christ dying on the cross can ever wipe away the sin in your life that you need to be saved from.

So at the end of the day, you don’t need to be saved from the culture. You need to be saved from the sin in your own life. And when we’re saved from this sin, we can change our cheer to say God, You’re worthy of all glory and honor and power and wisdom. God, You’re worthy of all of that. Because God, at the end of the day, I need to be changed. I need my expectations to be changed. I don’t want to be disillusioned. I don’t want to be disappointed. God, I want to know that you’re the king and You can do whatever You want to do, and my life is in Your hand. And I trust You. And You’re good. And You’re faithful. And I might not understand it. And it might not feel good. And I might not like it if people around me might be thinking that I’m weird and stupid because I’m still following God when things are going bad, but I’m going to trust Him because He’s the only one that can really save me. And that’s the truth. God’s the only one that can ever save you.

So this Palm Sunday, would you change your cheer as we walk through Holy Week, as we have Good Friday services? Can we reflect that Jesus didn’t meet the expectation of the crowd. He exceeded the expectations beyond anything anyone could ever imagine or think. And He provides a way for us to have relationship with him forever and ever and ever. And He’s coming back to a church that’s not disappointed and not disillusioned. He’s coming back for a church that sings Hallelujah! Praise and glory and honor to Him. That’s who He’s coming back for!

So would you close your eyes and bow your head with me today? So I want to ask you one question. I want you to reflect with me this morning. Is there one area in your life where you’re disappointed? Or maybe you’re disillusioned because God didn’t come through the way you thought He should? I want you to be honest today. Just with yourself and no one else. And today I wonder if you could let that go. Maybe someone hurt you. Maybe someone stabbed you in the back. Maybe you’ve gone through a decade of challenges, and you don’t understand why. Today, would you let all of that go? And allow God to be God in your life.

Okay! Father I pray that You would bless Your people, that they would change their cheer, that a true Hallelujah, a true Hosanna would be on our lips this week as we love You and seek You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Jesus name. And the church shouted Hallelujah! Amen.

God bless you!

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