For the Joy
April 5th, 2020 (Palm Sunday)
Title: “Misplaced Joy”
Yearly Theme: “Joy is…”
Message 1 in the Series: “For the Joy…”
1 Samuel 7:1-17; John 12:1-9
Pastor Brandon Lenhart
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Something to think about:
It’s interesting how something so simple can be misunderstood in a way as to completely distort the whole context of the truth. A few misplaced letters or words in a sentence can completely change the meaning of the message, or a person’s misreading of the text can change the meaning as well.
We see this very clearly in the New Testament description of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of Passover in what we call Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In this passage, in John 12, Jesus makes His most important, and final entry into Jerusalem, as King (and as martyr).
But, before we get to John 12, let’s read a passage of scripture from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament. This passage describes the very purpose of Jesus, and the joy in which He embraced that purpose.
Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV),
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Now, let’s look at how Jesus approached the cross during his final days…
Turn in your Bibles to: John 12:1-19
The key point this morning is this…
Key Point: “Misplaced joy comes from misunderstanding God’s purposes, and this leaves a person disillusioned and frustrated; however true, fulfilling joy comes in trusting that God’s purposes are always right.”
What can we learn from this passage today about misplaced joy and misunderstanding God’s purposes?