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Palm Sunday, March 29, 2009
Last week the choir sang two songs that they had written. Each one contained the theme of “Without Me You Can do Nothing”, which comes from John 15:5. As we approach the annual JSYCB concert this June, I ask you to prepare yourself by meditating on this theme.
To help you get started I want to have a look at the text with you this morning to help you understand it a bit better and help you apply it the way it was meant to be applied.
Today is also Palm Sunday: the triumphal entry is the inaugural event of a series of events and teachings by Jesus that culminate in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. As I have said for probably every Palm Sunday service for the last sixteen years – this event marks off the most significant event in the history of mankind. The significance of this week simply cannot be exaggerated.
This week occupies almost 29% of the Book of Matthew, 25% of Luke, 50% of John and 37% of Mark. Now if you are writing the life story of someone it would be a little unbalanced to write half of it about one week of his life – unless that is what His whole life was about.
The True Vine Identified – Jesus
v.1 – “I am the true vine” – Cf. Ps. 80:9-16; Jeremiah 2:21;
Jesus is saying that salvation does not reside in Israel as the chosen people of God. Salvation is in Him and only Him. He is the TRUE vine. Whenever we see Israel as a vine in the OT it is always failing in its work. Continue reading “Sermon: April 5, 2009 – Without Him”