Getting Ready for Palm Sunday at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day when we remember Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem for the last time, setting in motion the events that would lead to his death. Keith Simon will preach from Luke 19:28–44, “Jesus is the King No One Recognized.” The Scripture reads,

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

This passage is often referred to as the Triumphal Entry. Yet there’s far less triumph than we might first expect. The Pharisees object, and Jesus cries for the city. Does this sound like a king? What are we expecting in a leader? How should a king act? Perhaps even more to the point, what do we expect God to be like as king? Do we know what we’re looking for? Do we know what we should be looking for? Jesus confounded their expectations, and he still does that today. Join us Sunday to see just what king he really is.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

Sanctus [lyrics; listen] – words traditional (1st century); music by Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name [lyrics and listen] – words by Edward Perronet (v.4 by John Ripon); music by Oliver Holden; chorus by Judah Groveman

Here is our King (chorus only) [lyrics] – David Crowder

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed [lyrics; listen] – words by James Montgomery; music by Vito Aiuto, arranged by The Crossing Music

Hosanna [lyrics; listen] – Brooke Fraser

Alas! And Did my Savior Bleed [lyrics and listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Hugh Wilson

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend; based on a recording by King’s Kaleidoscope

See you on Sunday!

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