Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 21:1–21:10
Eight days that changed the world. One story that can change your life.
Then and Now
People have always struggled in the battle for hope, feeling powerless and unprivileged like they're on the outside looking in and that things are never going to change. This is true for us today and it was also true over in the Middle East, 2,000 years ago during the time of Jesus when a cruel Roman Empire and a corrupt religious system oppressed the common masses. This was the setting for very first Palm Sunday when the buzz was building during the Passover season that this Jesus of Nazareth just might be the long-awaited, promised Messiah.
Matthew 21:1-10 NIV
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion,‘See, your king comes to you,gentle and riding on a donkey,and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,“Hosanna to the Son of David!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
Lessons from Day One
1. BE HOPEFUL
Even in your most desperate moments, never give up on hope.
Lessons from Day One
2. STAY OPEN
Let God show you what you need and let go of what you think you have to have.
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Easter at Hopevale
Join us as we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Easter (Sunday, April 21). We'll have four services in Saginaw (8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm) and one in Bay City (10:30am). We would also love you to join us for our Maundy Thursday Communion services and our Good Friday personal reflection experiences. Check out our Easter page for more information.
1. Share your favorite childhood memory of Palm Sunday or Easter and a current tradition you practice today. Explain how they’re related.
2. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the crowd treated him like a king. What were they expecting of him?
3. What are some unrealistic expectations we sometimes have of God? What can we do to keep our expectations of God rooted in truth?
4. Read the verses below. What do each of these four Gospel accounts reveal about Jesus and the crowd? Which Scripture resonates with you the most? Why?
1. Matthew 21:1-11
2. Mark 11:1-10
3. Luke 19:28-44
4. John 12:12-19
5. Pastor Dan presented two actions that we are to take from Jesus’ story and apply them to our own lives:
1. BE HOPEFUL Even in your most desperate moments, never give up on hope.
2. STAY OPEN Let God show you what you need and let go of what you think you have to have.
Think of someone you know who has experienced unfairness or injustice in life and how they responded to the conflict. How could being hopeful and staying open to God have altered their experience?
6. What are some activities you will do this week to stay focused on the true meaning of Easter? Discuss and plan a possible Holy Week/Easter tradition you can start with your group this year. Consider the following:
- 8 Days. 1 Story. Daily devotional thoughts found at EASTERATHOPEVALE.ORG
- Maundy Thursday communion service on April 18
- Good Friday afternoon reflection on April 19
- Easter Sunday celebration on April 21