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When The Thrill Is Gone

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Matthew 21:6-11, Matthew 27:22-23

  1. When the thrill is gone:
  2. What will you be?
  3. Where will you go?
  4. What will you be doing

On this Sunday in our Christian faith it is known as Palm Sunday. This is the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Triumphal entry) and 2 1/2 million Jews lined the street with palms and their clothes spread on the ground. This was a customary greeting to a conquering King.  He was their King, Messiah, and leader, but in less than one week these…

CHEERS   were turned to   JEERS

Hip, Hip, Hurray                Hisses

High five’s                        Boos

Exuberance                      Indifference

Joy                                  Inconsistency

Excitement                       Unimportant

I.  When the thrill is gone (Church, Sunday, miracles, altar moments, blessings, prayer, the Bible):

  1. What will you be?
  2. Where will you go?
  3. What will you be doing?
  4. Will you still be holding the palm, spreading your clothes, and shouting out Hosanna?
  5. Will you stay moved, in awe, rejoicing, praising, and passionate?

   A.  (James 1:8, 4:8)  I don’t like things that are fickle and indecisive.

   B.  I don’t like things that always:

  • Breakdown
  • Lose their power
  • Must be recharged
  • Cease to continue
  • Must be repaired in the shop

   C. I don’t like things that:

  • Lose their stick
  • Don’t hold
  • Don’t stay around

(Galatians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Joshua 23:8, 2 Samuel 23:9-10, Judges 8:4)

II.  (ESV Verse 9, Exodus 23:2 NIV)  Will you follow the crowd or Christ?

   A.  When the crowd is around, who am I; and when the crowd is gone, who am I?

   B.  If you follow the crowd, you might get lost.

   C.  In the crowd, there are all kinds of people and voices (curious, skeptic, interesting,

      suspicious, doubters, observers).

   D.  Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you (Faithful).

III.  Why didn’t these one-time followers become lifelong followers?

   A.  Why didn’t they have the capacity to continue without weakening?

   B.  Why didn’t what they were saying last?

  1. Because they really didn’t know Him.
  2. Because they didn’t stay knowing Him.
  3. Because they stop telling others they know Him.
  4. Because they stopped telling Jesus how grateful they were.
  5. Because they stopped praising Him. 
  • When you stop praising Him, you stop seeing God’s promises and begin seeing the  problem.
  • You stop complimenting.
  • You stop seeing what you do have rather than what you don’t’ have.
  • You stop looking at how far you have come.
  • You start looking at how far you still have to go.

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