Palm Sunday

Two Types of People



On Palm Sunday, David Alley turns to consider two types of people present during the momentous welcome that Jesus received as King into the city of Jerusalem. Both of these types of people believed in God, and thought they were doing God's will, and yet a key difference separates them. Which type of person are you?

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What is Reality



Philip Alley begins his message with a statement – we need to understand spiritual things by spiritual means, looking through the obvious to the actual. So what is reality? Our ability, says Philip, to put together the physical and spiritual realms will determine the outcome of our lives and our faith. If we live in the tangible world alone, it cripples us spiritually. How then can we rest our values on something that is temporary and will not last? Philip then goes on to discuss Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The people thought that Jesus had come to set up a physical kingdom. He did set up a kingdom, but it was a spiritual one. Philip encourages the listeners to examine their own lives to determine whether there is fruit. Is the river of life flowing through us a individuals? So why are we here? Philip describes the original plan of God as seen in Genesis 1. We are designed and created to become the likeness of God in the world and to rule and reign over all creation. In the beginning, says Philip, man was an expression of the person and power of God. Then came the fall of man. After the fall, Jesus came as the perfect expression of the person and power of God. Not only did Jesus come, but He made the way open for each of us who believe to be saved and to realise the purpose of God for us.

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The Excellence of the Lamb



On this Palm Sunday John Alley meditates on the many very significant and interconnected events that happened in the days leading up to the triumphal entry, or Palm Sunday. John draws parallels between the Old Testament selection by the High Priest of a spotless lamb from Bethlehem and the arrival of Jesus, the lamb of God – born in Bethlehem and without fault. John speaks also of the significance of the resurrection of Lazarus on the fourth day after his death and what it meant to the Jewish people, who believed that the spirit of a man left the body on the third day. Moving on to the Passover meal and then to the garden of Gethsemane, John brings new light to this oft-visited subject matter. John concludes his message by exhorting the listener to follow the example of Jesus in the Garden and to pray through to victory. If we sleep through instead of praying through, says John, Jesus does not condemn us but we miss the victory that might have been ours.

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Palm Sunday - A New Order Proclaimed and Demonstrated



This unique Palm Sunday message by John Alley explores the meaning of the unusual actions and parables of Jesus following his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. John brings from the Scriptures a wealth of insight, about the people’s proclamation of Jesus as Israel’s Son-of-David King, of prophecies fulfilled, and of the way Jesus demonstrated the judgements of God on the old order and the true nature of the restored Kingdom of David that he was about to establish.

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Hosanna



On this Palm Sunday the message is shared by David Alley and Tony Ponicke. David Alley begins with an account of an event happening during the week leading up to the Passover. In this well known story found in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus was anointed with a jar of extremely expensive perfume and then stated that he had been anointed for burial. From this story David brings the truth that nothing is too good for Jesus and that we ought to give Him our all, joyfully and with love. Tony Ponicke then takes up the message and begins by discussing the meaning of the word “Hosanna”, which is found many times in the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Tony explained that it means more than simply praise to God; it actually is a call to the Lord beseeching Him to save the people. In fact, Tony says, in calling “Hosanna!” the people were actually calling the cross into being. Tony discusses comprehensively the many aspects of the triumphal entry, bringing Scripture verses from the Old Testament which prophesied the unfolding events. Tony concludes by challenging the listeners to make sure that Jesus is their all, not just an extra thing “tacked on” to their lives. We should not be focused on our own lives, but should be all about Jesus.

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