Palm Sunday - The Triumphal Entry
God sent the Messiah they needed, not the Messiah they wanted.
What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
When have your expectations of someone or something not been the same as the reality? Was it good or bad? Why?
How can expectations be good? How can they be bad?
Read: John 11:47-53, 12:12-19, Genesis 49:10-11, Zechariah 9:9-10.
The Pharisees express fear that if people keep flocking to Jesus that it will cause the Romans to crack down on them. How often do we allow fear to prevent us from doing what’s right?
Do Caiaphas’s words “it is better for one man to die than a nation to be destroyed” validate the saying “the ends justify the means?” Why or why not?
What realities do we twist to make our reasons or expectations fit (such as the Pharisees trying to justify killing Jesus)?
What do you expect from God? What are some things you want to see God do?
Does He meet your expectations? How or how not?
Does God do better than what you expect? Why or why not?
Prayer: Pray that you be open to what God is doing, instead of what you want Him to do.