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Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. The Lord sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as Jesus had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer Jesus had provided: “The Lord needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35).
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As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although Jesus had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving Jesus the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

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Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 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. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” five days later (Matthew 27:22–23).

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure sum of their joy?

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Rated PG-13 & R

The other day I was watching a movie called ‘Beyond The Blackboard’ (based on a true story), it was a great uplifting movie. It’s about a housewife/mother who wants to teach and the school she get hired with tells her she needs to teach homeless kids, so yes it’s in the homeless community. Well, during the movie, the film kept showing the teacher’s car, as she drove up each morning and yes I was waiting for her car to be stolen, which it never did. The worst thing that happened was some people stole the TV she was going to use for her class that day.

After I watched this encouraging, uplifting movie. I thought, “Wow! My mind is corrupt from the movies I watch.”  And I need to get my mind back on uplifting things. “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them” (Matthew 15:18.) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19.) “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23.) “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman” (Job 31:1.) “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2)

How do these evil thoughts get inside of us? They don’t just appear, maybe we hang around negative people, watch negative movies, listen to negative music and or play negative video games.

A few years ago, I was in a disciple training program called Master’s Commission. We weren’t allowed to watch Rated R movies, so when I was on vacation to visit my sister we went to the theater and one of the movies that looked at, looked maybe good to watch happen to be Rated R, so we when watch the other movie that was PG-13. A little surprise in the movie was a 3 second clip of nudity. Wow! Why isn’t this rated R?

I found an article, “Little difference between PG-13 and R-rated films, study says” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865592155/Little-difference-between-PG-13-and-R-rated-films-study-says.html?pg=all

“There is essentially no difference between the most popular movies rated PG-13 for younger viewers and restricted, R-rated films in showing main characters engaged in both violence and alcohol use or violence and sexual behavior,” according to the study. But watching violent material may have an effect on the mind, according to The Los Angeles Times.

So watching PG-13, TV-14, Rated R, TV-MA and even Not Rated movies are corrupt, I don’t even know why some movies are not rated, they should all be.

To my next point, to all those K-LOVE listeners, you may remember month ago or so, K-LOVE had a 30-day Christian music challenge, to only listen to Christian music. I didn’t do this, because it’s not a challenge, since all I listen to is Christian music.

But instead of music, I have started as of yesterday to do a movie challenge. Only watching Christian movies & or PG/G rated only. Yes there are Christian movies rated PG-13 & rated R, but since their Christian based. It’s okay to watch, such as “The Passion of Christ.”

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I am doing a 1 year challenge, why 1 year? I don’t watch movies everyday so if I were do the challenge for 30 days and only watch 3 or 4 movies, it’s really not going to impact me a whole lot.

If you have Netflix, to my knowledge, you have to filter what you want to watch. If you have Xbox or PSN, go into “Settings” then “Family” then “Ratings and Content.” Change the movie rating to PG & TV rating to PG. You do have free apps to watch free movies. For other apps like Amazon, Redbox, look to see if you can filter the movies.

I highly encourage you to try this out, as I watched ‘Beyond The Blackboard’, it was on Spirit Clips, it’s like a Netflix but every film is okay to watch! http://www.hallmarkspiritclips.com Spirit Clips is on the Xbox. You can try it out for 1 week for free, but the member is an amazing price. $5 per month or pay $36 for a year which is only $3 per month! You can’t beat that! $36 to help you complete this 1 year challenge. AMEN!

So who’s with me? Step up to the challenge today. “LIKE” this post “SHARE” this post. “FWD” this post.

Want to watch a Christian movie at the theaters. Checkout GOD’S NOT DEAD, also Son of God, also a free movie http://www.noahthemovie.com, Heaven Is For Real comes out April 16.

Jesus bless you abundantly and may He give you the strength to complete this challenge!

 

 

 

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