Jesus’ triumphant procession amid the cheering crowds was a foretaste of the fulfillment of Philippians 2, when “every knee will bow” to give God the glory due Him. Jesus was able to accept their praises, even though He knew of His impending death on the cross. We are to follow His example and live in the now, giving God the glory He deserves today in spite of what may lie ahead in the future.
Sermon Category: Defining Moments: Charting Your Course on the Road Less Traveled
The Christian life brings inevitable challenges which our human nature causes us to trey and escape or avoid. If we are honest, we must admit that there is one person standing in the way of the life God has planned for us…ourselves! Jesus calls us to carry our cross and follow His example of suffering. In Christ, we can meet life’s challenges with courage and victory, dying to self by experiencing His resurrection power.
When we are distracted from Jesus, we can flounder in life and lack direction and purpose. The more we look at Jesus, the more His power is multiplied in us, for us, and through us. God is calling us to a life of focused victory as we follow our Savior.
When Jesus drove the money-changers from the temple, His goal was to make things right, not make Himself popular. In fact, according t0 Mark’s account, Jesus’ actions caused the religious leaders to begin plotting His death. When God calls out to us to lead, He supplies the courage we need to share the Gospel with a world that is hostile to it.
Today we continue the message series “Defining Moments: Charting Your Course on the Road Less Traveled” as we study Jesus’ call to discipleship. Jesus challenges His followers to go beyond sandlot religion to live out our faith on a major-league level.
The Christian life is characterized by following Jesus along “the narrow road” (Matthew 7:14). It is the right way, but not always the easy way. The world teaches us to take the “path of least resistance,” However, if we try to take short cuts, we can short-change ourselves and miss out on God’s perfect plan for our lives.