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An Earthquake In Jerusalem

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | March 30, 1980

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On Palm Sunday, Jesus caused a spiritual earthquake in Jerusalem. Most people who watched Jesus enter on a donkey didn’t understand the significance of that day. They ignorantly hoped for a military leader to rebel against Rome, but Jesus’ purpose was different. He was declaring peace, not war.

In this message, Pastor Wiersbe shows us how different groups reacted to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and asks us, “Who is Jesus to you?”

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Jesus caused a spiritual earthquake in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

An earthquake shakes the foundations of a person’s life and reveals weaknesses and faults.

Responses to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey:

  • Roman soldier
    • The Roman soldiers would have responded with scorn because they thought Rome was still in control.
    • The soldiers didn’t know that Jesus would triumph.
  • The crowds
    • The Jewish people were in a mess spiritually, politically, and economically.
    • Until Jesus came into the temple, the glory of God was not there.
    • This crowd did not want Jesus as their spiritual leader but as a political leader.
    • Jesus was Jehovah King coming in the name of the LORD.
    • The crowd responded with ignorant hope.
    • Who is Jesus to you?
  • Jewish leaders
    • When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He was declaring peace, not war.
    • Jesus’ entry brought fear to the Jewish leaders.
    • Security in religion instead of in God still sends people to hell.
  • Jesus
    • Jesus responded to the people of Jerusalem in love.
    • In love, Jesus entered the city, sealing His own death.
    • Jesus wept over their unbelief.

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