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The Monday After Sunday, March 29, 2015: Broken Palm Branches
Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen asked us if God has ever failed to meet our expectations.
We looked at Mathew 21:
“As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.
11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:
1.”We don’t like the unexpected. We don’t like when things don’t go as we planned. We like to define good, right. When it doesn’t go according to plan, we reject it. We want to be the center of the universe. We want things to please us, make us happy, not stress us out. When things don’t go as planned we experience dissonance. ” -Pastor Josh Petersen
2. “Following Jesus is not what we expect.” – Pastor Josh Petersen
For the next seven days:
Take Jesus out of the box you’ve put Him in and then take yourself out of that box, too. Be ready to follow where He leads with the expectation that He will take you where He wants you if you follow.