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April 9, 2017 - The Cost of Real Change - Matthew 21:1-17

posted Jun 4, 2017, 7:10 PM by Grant Garber
  • What we all resist is unwanted change. But most of our wanted changes are really nothing more than efforts at rearranging our lives.
  • Jesus isn’t interested in helping us rearrange our lives. He wants to change us, transform us, and give us a new identity.
  • The fascinating thing in Matthew’s Gospel is that the people who have the hardest time accepting this transformation are all religious.
  • Few things anger God as much as when our theology and worship distract us from the sacred mission of bringing salvation to all the people.
  • The reason God is concerned about us is because He wants to bring real change into the lives of us religious folk. And that will never happen until we find room in our lives for the poor, including those who are poor in spirit. Have we made room in our lives and in our congregation for those who are traditionally not found in the temple?
  • Once we’ve made a deal with how it is, and get something that is good though vaguely dissatisfying for ourselves, all we want is some rearranging of life. But those who are poor, including those who are poor in spirit, want a Savior.
  • Why was Jerusalem in turmoil over Jesus’ arrival? Because they knew what a palm procession meant. It meant that the temple had been desecrated, and that a Savior had to come to clean it up. And the people of the city didn’t think they needed a Savior.
  • If we are to be the church of Jesus Christ, this needs to be a place of gracious compassion where we honor the next generation, heal the broken, and give a vision of hope to those blinded by despair. But the place to start is with our own blind despair. What is it that is blinding you from seeing the power of Jesus on Palm Sunday?
  • The point isn’t that you have to be sick or poor to be a Christian. But like them, you have to come to believe that only Jesus can save you. That means that you have to let go of your control of life, you have to stop thinking of yourself as a consumer of change, and you have to give up having it your own way.
Pastor Jim Spon | Matthew 21:1-17