Download or listen to 5 sermons from Alistair Begg about Palm Sunday.
Some people celebrate Palm Sunday out of a sense of obligation or nostalgia, while others view the occasion with skepticism. As Alistair Begg explains, the details of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem can only be truly viewed through the lens of believing faith. Like the disciples, we cannot understand that Jesus is Messiah and King until the grace of God opens our eyes.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people praised Him, but did they know who He really was? Sadly, the same crowd that gave Jesus praise upon His entry later called for His crucifixion. Alistair Begg suggests that professing Christians can also fall prey to this kind of hypocrisy when people honor Christ with their mouths, but their hearts are far from Him.
The story of Jesus’ triumphal entry is familiar to many, but its significance is that it fulfills what was written about Jesus many years earlier. In this message from Isaiah 62, we learn that the triumphal entry is part of God’s announcement of salvation to the ends of the earth.
Throughout Israel’s history, God’s people looked for a promised king—one who would bring in an eternal kingdom and reign with justice. On Palm Sunday the Jerusalem crowds expected triumph, but King Jesus came as a suffering servant, not a conqueror. Alistair Begg observes that the Lord Jesus is a different kind of King ruling over a different kind of kingdom, a kingdom that exists in our hearts. Discover how to become a citizen of this kingdom.
The Advent season encourages us not only to reflect on Christ’s coming, but to look forward to his return. In this study of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before the Passover, we learn to anticipate his triumphant return as king and judge.
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