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  • Jesus entry into Jerusalem was His pledge of allegiance to His God and Father, Yahweh, and to God’s people (us.)It also became the litmus test for who the religious Jew and the sinning Gentile would pledge their allegiance. Would it be to the Roman empire, the established Jewish religion or to God’s chosen King Jesus Christ. Our retelling of this story each year gives us that same opportunity to decide again to who we will pledge our allegiance.
  • The pledge of allegiance is a covenant. Covenants are simply pledges that people make with other people, ideals, organizations, or governments (sometimes called kingdoms). A variety of institutions have pledges that they ask their members to take. This happens to be in the form of our National pledge of allegiance to the United States of America.
  • These are the questions that are finding answers as Jesus enters into the capital city of Israel. They are the same questions that we must answer today. Questions that we often uncomfortable answering. But nonetheless God demands it.Story of Sertoma
  • The statement Jesus is Lord became a pivotal pledge in the first century. Story of 1st century and 16th century faith.So who was this Jesus that we say is Lord over and above any Caesar, King, or elected official. Open up to Isaiah 50:4-9Go to pulpit and look at Bible.
  • What makes a people weary?Certainly hard times. But it more…Mixed emotions (wanting conflicting things)Unfulfilled false expectations (we expect things to be a certain way, often unrealistically, and when they go unfulfilled we grow weary)Divided loyalties (needed to serve conflicting ideals or bosses)
  • Now let’s look at where he was emotionally
  • We see these same kinds of statements coming from the mouth of Jesus in Mark 14:1-15:47 and reinforced by Paul in Philippians 2:5-11.
  • Mark 11 is an exercise in allegiance or acceptance.
  • The journey to and through the Cross of Christ is designed for one goal and one goal alone. To motivate all of humanity to pledge our allegiance to Jesus Christ. To step away from our mixed emotions, false expectations and divided loyalties (because they are making us weary and heavy laden) and allow Jesus to give us rest by making a clear decision that Jesus is Lord above all else.That is our journey to the Cross
  • Jesus was clear, Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

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  • Where do I sign? THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 31:9-16 • Philippians 2:5-11 • Mark 11:1-11FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • The pledge of allegiance "I pledge allegiance to the __(Organization)__ of ________________, and to the __(ideals, values, people and practices)__for which it stands, ___(statement of values, ideals, practices, etc.)_.“FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Questions? • Who should we be pledging our allegiance to? • And why? • And can we pledge are allegiance to more than one thing?FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Some Biblical Principles Love is stronger than hate Light dispels the darkness Good overcomes evil Forgiveness trumps judgment Power is demonstrated through self sacrifice Peace provides a better future than violence The Kingdom of God wins out over the empire Jesus is Lord not CaesarFEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Who was this man? Isaiah 50:4-9a • He was a teacher who desired to “to sustained the weary with the word.” (4) • He willingly walked into difficult situations at God’s bidding. (5)FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Who was this man? Isaiah 50:4-9a • He did not retaliate when people attacked him. (6) • He noticed God’s help even met in the midst of a diversity which strengthened His resolve. (7) • He did not seek his own vindication but trusted that god would nonetheless vindicate him. This gave him a comfort. (8-9)FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Where was he emotionally? Psalm 31:9-16 • He felt great distress, grief, anxiety, sorrow, sighing, weakness, and misery. (9) • He felt scorn, the fear of the people who knew him, and anxiety about him from people who didn’t know him. (10-11) • He felt alone. (12)FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Where was he emotionally? Psalm 31:9-16 • Everyone believed Him to be worthless. (13) • Most misunderstood His intentions. (13) • But He trusted in The Lord. (14-16)FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Allegiance or Acceptance • We change what we say • We choose what to not sayFEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • The journey to the Cross is… Jesus’ Pledge of Allegiance to the Father and to us!FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Our journey to the Cross is… Our Pledge of Allegiance to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Meaning for us? • When we are at work on Monday and we are asked to betray our Lord into the hands of our bosses when they ask us to compromise our Sermon on the Mount values, will we sell out for a few silver coins? • When Jesus asks us to tarry a while with him in prayer for some persons that we know who are having a really hard day will we stay awake enough to notice and pray for them? • Will we deny knowing Him if saying that we do will make it so that we are unaccepted in a group? • How far will we go to protect ourselves? How far will we go to show that our allegiance is pledged to Jesus Christ?FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008
  • Once again • All this is hard and we need help. The Cross of Christ proclaims that God understands that we need grace and that we cannot do this on our own. You do not need to do this on your own. Christ is here for you and has started down the road for you so that you might follow Him. We might not be able to do it ourselves but we can most certainly follow the One who was able to do it Himself. Will you today, pledge your allegiance to the One who died on our behalf so that we might have the kind of life God intended for us?FEEDBACK? Q&A? Use Prayer Card in pew FEEDBACK? Q&A? Text to 717-203-0008