Scripture: Luke 19: 29-42 Sermon Title: Palm Sunday Road
Come ye disconsolate where ere you roam. Come to the mercy seat reverntly kneel. Here bring your wounded heart, here bring your sadness. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Our sermon this morning will focus on Luke 19: 41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. In our hearts we are all dreamers, most of us know what it is to dream and see visions of what we would be. As young adults maybe we dreamed of going to college, dreams of what we would do in life. As we start working we dream of what we will be doing in our 40's. Many dreams have been broken by things like, recesison, down sizing and rising costs. In Jerusalem there were big dreams as Jesus and His disciples came down the slope from Mount Mariah. We are told there was dancing in the streets, a festive mood, everyone loves a parade. There was more going on than a parade, Jesus knew their cheers would soon turn to jeers, as they turned against Him. Jesus was weeping for there were broken dreams Over 80 times He had spoken of the kingdom. They were celebrating what they thought Jesus would do for them, but they had forgotten Isaiah. If they knew scripture, they would not have thought He was come as their liberator. After they realized He was not their liberator, this is when the cheers turned to jeers. Then they beat Him and spit on Him. He was their king but He was the king of the heart. He knew how fickle they were. On Palm Sunday we find broken dreams. Some thing we know about broken dream: 1) broken dreams can hurt, even while others are waving palms 2) Broken dreams can heal when God is in control 3) Yet through these broken dreams Jesus kept on moving. As He drew near the city He wept. John 11: 35 Jesus wept. When Lazarus was in the tomb Jesus did not weep quietly, but with a lump in His throat, weeping low sobs, Jesus was crying out. 4) He had healed many and the crowds wanted Him for what He could do for them. This Jesus met closed doors to the human heart, the same humans He came to save. Jesus understands broken hearts, God gives the gift of tears in broken days. Jesus shows us we can weep, the world may say weeping is weakness, but it is the opposite much strength can come from weeping. Do not let broken dreams stop you, they only hurt for a season. Jesus stopped weeping over broken dreams, for broken dreams can lead to healing. Matthew 26 after Jesus left Gethsamane He was in charge for He had the Comforter. Broken dreams can help Luke 24 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. Then Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down on the right hand of God. As our Lord ahows us we can dream again. The broken dreams that hurt us may help others. Jeers or cheers Jesus kept going on to Calvary. He died with dignity, The Wounded Healer", His wounds healed us from the wages of sin. Many used by God have had broken dreams. They got knocked down but they got up. Many of us have similarly had broken dreams but we can dream again. Who would hve thought there would be a crucifixion . Who would have thought there would be such a thing as His resurection. "Where do we begin to dream again? We begin in the same place our Lord did. We begin in the same place Simon Peter did or anyone else who ever found healing. That is, at the feet of our God in our own Gethsemane praying, 'Not my will, but Yours be done.' Broken dreams can heal. And broken dreams can help.
Exerts from : Dr. S. O. Hawkins's "Palm Sunday" in Nelson's Annual Preacher's Source Book, volume 3, 2013, pp. 423-431.