March 24 – 30

Weekly Reading for March 24 – 30

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Three Words
Sermon Title: He Is Risen!

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 31, 2024:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Three Words
Sermon Title: Who Is This?
Delivered On: March 24, 2024


Memorize and Reflect

Matthew 21:10-11
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.”

Prayer Direction

Thank God for His beautiful plan of redemption for humanity through Jesus! Thank Him for faithfully fulfilling His promises of a coming Messiah who would reconcile mankind to God. Confess to Him any weariness or frustration that you might have with other people and ask Him to show you the patience, perseverance, and endurance of Jesus as He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, knowing the cross was on the horizon. Thank Him for revealing Himself to you and His faithfulness in watching over and protecting you.

“Live It!” Challenge

Renew the excitement. Read the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11) and imagine what it must have been like for the onlookers. Consider what different perspectives there may have been, such as the common people, religious leaders, political zealots, Roman authorities, and followers of Jesus. Write down your observations and insights. What obstacles do you think prevented the different groups of people from seeing Jesus as He indeed was? Considering these obstacles, invite at least one person who doesn’t know Jesus to attend Easter Sunday services. Ask God to reduce any challenges they may have from attending and learning who Jesus truly is.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Who was someone in your life that you looked up to with high regard? What qualities did you see that made you want to be like them?

  2. Read Psalm 24:7-10. In this messianic prophecy, what words describe the coming king? How do you think 1st Century Jews would have expected this leader to look?

  3. Read Isaiah 63:1-2. What aspects of this messianic figure would a 1st Century Jew expect from the coming Messiah?

  4. Read Zechariah 9:9-12. How does this description of the Messiah differ from the others? How does Jesus fit this description?

  5. Read Matthew 21:1-11. By directing the disciples and willingly riding on the colt, Jesus was fulfilling this well-known messianic prophecy. How would the religious leaders and political zealots have responded to such an audacious claim?

  6. Knowing how the religious leaders, political leaders, and Roman authorities would respond to Jesus’ actions as He rode into Jerusalem, Jesus willingly moved towards the cross. How does His boldness in the face of certain punishment, torture, and death encourage us as we consider the price He was willing to pay for our sins and for our freedom? Thank Him for willingly choosing to go the distance for you!