Sermon – Matt 21:1-11 / John 9:1-12
“Blind Intersection” – PALM SUNDAY
From Palm Sunday to Good Friday, the blindness of the man healed seems to have struck many in Jerusalem.
Blindness comes in many forms.
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“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!” Matthew 27:22
Between the time the blind man was healed and Palm Sunday, there were few, if any, who didn’t know who Jesus was.
Whether they believe IN Jesus or not, most people know of Him.
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When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:10-11
The stronger our relationship with God, the more we go beyond simply knowing who He is.
Believing leads to the power and freedom of being healed.
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Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. John 9:38
1) Palm Sunday, for many, is a mountain top experience. What makes it a mountain top experience and where do you go from there?
2) What is required of us to stay close to the top of the mountain? Is it reasonable to think that one can maintain that level of intensity?
3) Where might the “parade” lead you on your way down the mountain? Might an inner struggle ensue?
4) The man healed of his blindness would likely have become one of Jesus more devout followers. Would you have seen him on Palm Sunday? On Good Friday? Why?
5) In our lives, we often go back and forth from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. What is our hope on that road?
6) Our intermittent blindness plays a part in that yo-yo effect. What is our only hope in being rid of the blindness? Discuss our being healed of this “blindness.”