Jesus constantly discipled His disciples, and Palm Sunday was no exception. Welcome to our ongoing study of Biblical exercises for spiritual health & fitness in 2021. Paul told Timothy, and all the generations of believers to come, stay close to Christ: command and teach the church to be all Christ taught us to be. That is what we have before us in the New Testament. We are to command in the sense that “God says this”, and we are to follow up with teaching them “how to” observe what Christ wants from us who please Him by our lives.
Jesus Himself taught by words (those are the written commands), and by actions (those are Christ’s examples recorded by the Gospel writers). In fact, the Book of Acts opens with the very first verse saying that the Gospels were a record of all that Jesus began to “do and to teach”. His disciples saw and heard so much. Both Christ’s words and His actions have been written down; but not all of them, just those that God wanted us to hear and see.
DISCIPLES: TAUGHT TO OBSERVE WHAT CHRIST TAUGHT
From Christ’s actions and words from the week launched by Palm Sunday we can see some of the most vital elements of a true follower of Christ’s life. Join me at the kickoff event for the Death, Burial & Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This day starts a week of events that ends with Jesus crucified, buried, and Risen. What a powerful week, and what powerful elements about following Jesus, that He wants us to see, and hear, and do.
As we open to John 12 this morning, we have come to a time in Christ’s life we also remember and celebrate today. Palm Sunday may have been actually Monday, but we call it Palm Sunday as a part of the calendar of celebrations, just like Christmas is also not an exact date. But, Palm Sunday’s events are among those few events of Christ’s Life recorded in all For of the Gospels, it is also one of the key teaching times for Christ’s disciples then and now. Open with me to Matthew 21 as we begin to trace this moment across the Four Gospel writer’s accounts of Christ.
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