Follower, Observer, or Pharisee? (3-25)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached.

Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-26

If you read all of the gospel perspectives on the Triumphal Entry there forms one whole picture and in that picture we see two groups of people that form one great crowd of people.  There were those in Jerusalem who had heard of the raising of Lazarus going out to meet Jesus and there were those that were coming with Jesus as He headed to Jerusalem. That one crowd of people is made up of at least three groups.

1st we will look at those that were there for the Passover – sightseers, those who came along because, and with, those who had heard of Lazarus being raised.

Ever been on a sightseeing trip? Attend a sporting event? Observers verses Seekers, Entertainment vs Conference, Attender vs. Participant/Believer, knowledge into action

2nd we have the Pharisees, the legalistic, those who opposed Jesus and His teachings.  The Pharisees opposed God in His Name! Yet they, and most of the people, thought they were following God! Is that the church today?  Jesus referred to them as white washed tombs… Matthew 23.

Are you opposed to Jesus, think of Paul…?

3rd we have the Disciples. Not just the 12, but those who, in that hour, were Christ followers and believers of His teachings. A multitude, as Luke tells us, though many did not completely understand including the 12, but they would remember and believe: John 12:16.

Luke 19:37 says that the multitude of disciples rejoiced and were praising God for all they had seen… giving thanks, praising,  full of joy…

But none of this would have happened without the obedience of the two that were sent… Imagine if they didn’t follow what Jesus said… if they had been disobedient to what they were told… If you do not follow His teachings, if you are not obedient to the knowledge you have, then you are living in unbelief. If you are not seeking after Christ, following to learn, then you are stale, stuck, and stagnant and, therefore, in danger of falling away in unbelief!

And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him – Hebrews 5:9

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance – 1 Peter 1:14 ESV

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. – 1 Peter 1:14 NLT

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? – Luke 6:46 ESV

Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?  And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].  So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.  And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.  And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell – and great and complete was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:21-27 AMP

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:22, 25

Digging Deeper:

  • Are you following what Jesus said?
  • How are you a part of His Church?
  • What are you doing to further the Kingdom?
  • What are the differences in a Follower and an Observer? A Pharisee and a Believer

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