Message Notes

Turnaround
Triumph to Tragedy
Rev. Todd D. Cullen
April 5, 2020

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Luke 19:28-36
And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,  saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”  So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.

2 Kings 9:13
Then in haste every man of them took his garment and put it under him on the bare steps, and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, “Jehu is king."

Matthew 21:8a
Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Luke 19:36
And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.

Matthew 21:8
Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Mark 11:8
And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.

John 12:12-13a
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Psalm 118:25-26
Save us, we pray, O LordO Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LordWe bless you from the house of the Lord.

John 12:12-13
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Jesus was ushered into Jerusalem as a king because the crowd was looking for political, national and cultural rescue.

When our every solution to our every problem fails us every time, we must consider that we are trying to solve the wrong problem.

What solutions have you considered to help solve your greatest problem?

Are you trying to solve the wrong problem?

Luke 23:18-23
 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder.  Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus,  but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!”  A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.”  But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed.

The Turnaround of the Crowd
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
“Crucify, crucify him!”

The crowd quickly turned on Jesus because their passion, pursuit and praise of Him was driven by popularity not a genuine desire and love for Him.

Passion for Jesus can quickly turn to hostility toward Jesus if driven only by the crowd.

Is your passion for Jesus, pursuit of Jesus or praise of Jesus driven solely by the crowd or by a genuine desire and love for Him?

Are you following Jesus or are you following the crowd?