The 3 Ps of Palm Sunday

Hello! Pastor Alan taught us about the Prophecy, the Praise, and the Promise of Palm Sunday by leading us through John 12:1-19. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included some notes and links to the Scriptures referenced. Below that, I’ve included Pastor’s notes from the previous week (which accidentally did not get recorded…oops!) when Pastor taught on The Miracle of Sight in John 9. Enjoy!

*A special note: despite the snow that is currently falling, we plan to have Easter Sunrise Service at the Boyles’ home at 7 am, followed by a potluck breakfast. Regular Sunday Service will, as always, be at 10:30 am at the church. The weather forecasters promise that it will warm up! 🙂

Palm Sunday: The Prophecy, the Praise, and the Promise

John 12:1-19


  • Zechariah 9:9
  • The donkey is a symbol of service – a pack animal that takes the burden of man.


  • Hosanna (John 12:13) – means “save us.” The people wanted a new David.
  • Mary anointed Him, not to be the king, but to die.

“Jesus and Alexander the Great” by Charles Ross Weede

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three;
One died in Babylon; and one on Calvary.
One gained all for self; and one Himself He gave;
One conquered every throne; the other every grave.
The one made himself god; The God made Himself less;
The one lived but to blast; the other but to bless!
When died the Greek, forever fell his throne of swords
But Jesus died to live forever Lord of lords.

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
The Greek made all men slaves; the Jew made all men free.
One built a throne on blood; the other built on love,
The one was born of earth; the other from above;
One won all this earth, to lose all earth and heaven.
The other gave up all, that all to Him be given.
The Greek forever died; the Jew forever lives;
He loses all who gets, and gets all things who gives.


Miracle of Sight: John 9

The Miracle (John 9:1-5)

  • Legalism: do good and God will bless; do bad and God will curse.
    1. No one is good enough in relation to God’s holiness.
    2. Who gets to define what good is?
  • Jesus says this isn’t about sin. This is an opportunity to show God’s glory. (John 9:1-3)
  • Two lessons from the miracle:
    1. Jesus was sent and Jesus sends.
    2. Jesus is the Light and we are to walk in Him as light. (John 9:4-5)

The Reaction (John 9:6-34)

  • Disbelief: a common reaction to the miracles of Jesus. Even today, some Christian teachers explain away the miracles. (John 9:6-12)
  • Interrogation: yet another encounter Jesus had with the Pharisees over healing on the Sabbath. (John 9:13-34)
    • Sabbath – a day of rest for the good of mankind. Jesus kept the heart of the Sabbath through compassionate healing (the good of that particular man).
    • The Pharisees weren’t interested in compassion or people, only in proving how obedient to God they could be by keeping and enforcing rules.
    • Three steps of interrogation:
      1. John 9:13-17 – The first thing about legalists is that they are close-minded. They are invested in getting rid of the threat to their system.
      2. John 9:18-23 – The second thing about legalists is that they use fear to control people’s actions. When the Pharisees don’t get what they want from the man, they go after his parents. All works-based religions are fear-based. It is a powerful way to keep people in line.
      3. John 9:24-34 – The man is brought back in and proves he had guts. He knew the real Power from the phony, hate-filled hypocrisy.
        • vs. 25: “I was blind, but now I see.” Sound familiar? 🙂

The Application (John 9:35-41)

  • Jesus is the “Son of Man” – the bridge between man & God
  • Jesus gives spiritual sight to those who know and admit that they are spiritually blind. If you think that everything is okay because you are being “good,” you remain blind.

“It is not our littleness that hinders Christ; but our bigness.

It is not our weakness that hinders Christ; it’s our strength.

It is not our darkness that hinders Christ; it is our supposed light that holds back His hand.”

-Charles Spurgeon

Triumphal Entry

I was watching golf with my dad a few weeks ago, when Tiger Woods made another return to the course. Even with all the controversy that has surrounded him in recent years, the cheers for his appearance were loud and long.

Almost two thousand years ago, another controversial person made a triumphal entry–not onto the golf course, but into the city of Jerusalem. For three years, Jesus had been traveling the countryside, stirring up people with His rebellious ideas. Then, when the time had come, He headed back to Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11 describes the Triumphal Entry of Jesus. As Jesus rode a donkey into the city, people laid down their coats and cut palm fronds to lay in the street to honor His passing. They shouted, “Hosanna!” The Hebrew word hosanna means “save us.” They did believe Him to be the Messiah, but misunderstood the way He would save us. They thought the Messiah would come to lead the armies to crush their Roman oppressors and usher in an age of unparalleled prosperity. But He didn’t come to save us from government oppression or financial woes or hard times. He entered Jerusalem knowing He would die to save us from so much more–from our own sin and death to righteousness and eternal life with Him!

Tiger Woods can’t save us–he honestly can’t even save himself. Only Jesus can save us. Has He saved you? Has He made His Triumphal Entry into your heart? If not, there’s no better moment than now to make a decision to follow Him out of death and into life.

I pray that this Holy Week, you would be abundantly blessed and that we would all take time each day to reflect on all Jesus did for us.

And if you’re in the Montrose or Ridgway area, please join us next Sunday for a special early Easter worship service at 8:30 am, followed by a fellowship breakfast, and regular Sunday service at 10:30 am at Colona Community Church. We hope to see you there!