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PALM SUNDAY
HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE

By Pastor Delbert Young
(video audio page)

Palm Sunday Himself He Could Not Save

Scriptures: John 10:10, Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 28:2, 11-12, John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:12-13, Mark 14:35-36, Mark 14:36, Matthew 27:39-42

Father God has made great plans for you to have a wonderful life. God does not want any of his children to struggle through life. We are not supposed to tie a knot in the end of the rope and hang on until Jesus comes. No. We are to overcome every obstacle. We are more than conquerors. You were not created to live a mundane insignificant life. You are supposed to live a supernatural abundant life.

(Amp) John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have {and} enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

It's important we note that Jesus specifically said, "I came that they may have life in abundance." Jesus came for that specific reason. God has planned an abundant life for you from the time you were in your mother's womb. God wants you to prosper and be in good health. He has great plans for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

At the very heart of God's plan is that you have a prosperous life full of hope and future! Isn't that great? The emphasis of that verse is the plans that God has for you.

GOD HAS HAD A PLAN SINCE TIME BEGAN that would bless and prosper everyone. That plan is actually very simple, though it's been made complicated by religion and doctrine. We can better understand the plan if we see it in three parts or sections and by remembering that at the center of the plan is the truth that God wants our lives supernaturally blessed.

The first part of the plan is that God would show man the wonderful benefits of living a life according to God's ways. It's to be a supernatural abundant life. To teach us this, God recorded the history of the children of Israel. As long as the children of Israel lived according to the ways of God, they lived abundantly and they lived supernaturally. Seas opened. Water came from a rock. Food fell from heaven. The sun stood still. Giants fell. Armies were defeated. Blessings overtook them. It was a supernatural lifestyle. They were blessed coming in and going out. They were the head and not the tail. They were the top and not the bottom. Their enemies would come one way, but flee seven ways.

Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 28:11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity - in the fruit of your womb…

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty… to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

God wanted to teach us that we will live supernatural, abundant, and full lives if we would live according to his ways. God wants us blessed.

The second part of the plan is a little difficult for us to understand in our society. It concerns supernatural forgiveness. God wanted people blessed, but people will always venture away from the ways of God. If God did not make a way to return to his ways then that person would spend the rest of their life away for God and his blessings. So, God made a way to come back. He used animal sacrifices to teach us how that worked. An innocent animal could be sacrificed for sin. The animal was saying by its death, "I will die so the person won't suffer for the sin and experience the blessings of God." The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23; Jam 1:15). God made it possible that people would not have to go on living the remainder of their days without God's best. God made a way to correct the affects of sin.

Our understanding that Jesus became that sacrifice helps me make a little more sense of the sacrifice. The bottom line is that God taught people that there is a way back to the blessings of an abundant life.

Once those two things had been established – the blessings available by living according to God's ways and a way back to God when we mess up – the third part of the plan was activated. God would send his only begotten son to fulfill both parts of the plan. He would show the potential of a life totally lived by the ways of God. It was a supernatural life of power and blessing where nothing was impossible. It could raise people from the dead. It could open blinded eyes. It could walk on water. His Son would also become the ultimate sacrifice for sin, but not for just one person or one nation. He would be the sacrifice for anyone, even the whole world if they would believe on him and accept his sacrifice.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God's plan was not to condemn. It was to save us from a bad life and destruction. Jesus was the fulfillment of the plan of God. He showed the power of a life lived by the ways of God. He became the sacrifice that made a way for anyone to get near to God.

Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

God's plan is to bring you near to God so that you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams. He desires to include you into all the promises. He wants to give you hope. It's that simple.

THOUGH THE PLAN WAS SIMPLE, the accomplishing of it was not. It took thousands of years. But finally Jesus, the Son of God, came into Jerusalem on a Sunday and was recognized as the Christ by many. For the plan to work, he had to become the final sacrifice. He began a series of events that would take bring him to the place of becoming that sacrifice the next Friday. We call those days the Passion Week.

It was a week of intense events. There was the riding of the donkey into Jerusalem, running people from the temple that bought and sold, multiple passionate confrontations with religious leaders, quality time with friends, the last supper, washing the disciples feet, and then finally Gethsemane. The finishing of the plan was only hours away.

GOD'S PLAN HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO THIS POINT. It all came toGethsemane. The thousands of years of God's dealing with the children of Israel, all the laws, all the offerings, the prophets, and the millions of animal sacrifices all came to Gethsemane and was placed upon one man. The hour to make the plan successful had come.

IN GETHSEMANE, JESUS ASKED FATHER GOD IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO CHANGE HIS PLAN.

Mark 14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me

The hour of the plan had come. Jesus asked his Father if there was another way. "Is it possible to accomplish this another way?" Jesus pleaded with the Father to do his plan another way. Three times Jesus begged Father God to help him and find another way, but there was no other way.

I heard a story about a pastor who had a sick son. The doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. They thought that he had spinal meningitis, and the only way they could know for sure was to take a needle about 6 inches long, insert it at the base of the spine and draw fluid out and have it tested. The only problem was that if his son moved and the needle hit a nerve, his son would be paralyzed from the waist down. If they did not do the procedure, and it was meningitis, the boy would die. The choice was a difficult choice, but he chose to do the procedure. As the doctors and nurses were preparing the boy for the needle, the father went to tell his son that everything would be alright. When his son saw his father, he began to scream "Help me daddy, help me daddy." The doctors had to ask the father to leave. As I walked out all I could hear was "HELP ME DADDY. DON"T LEAVE ME HERE. HELP ME DADDY." The father stood in the hall cried, but the plan had to take place. 

Jesus was crying out that night in Gethsemane, "Help me daddy." All Jesus could say was "Help me Daddy. Can you find another way?" But for the plan to work, there was no other way. HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE.

Millions of animal sacrifices could not accomplish the plan. All the laws of the Old Covenant could not accomplish the plan. There was no other person who could accomplish the plan. No. Either it was Jesus accepting his mission, or the plan would fail. There was no other way. HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE.

Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

This is the only time in the scriptures where Jesus said, "Abba, Father." Abba (Strong's #0005) is of Aramaic origin. It is the most personal form to address one's father. You and I would say, "Daddy." Jesus was saying, "Daddy, Father, HELP ME. You can do anything. You are Daddy. Change the plan." Isn't it amazing that the only thing that God would not do for Jesus was change the plan?

AS WE KNOW, JESUS ACCEPTED the Father's will / plan and went to the cross which included the rejection, the beating, and the scourging. Only hours after Gethsemane, Jesus found himself condemned to death and hanging on the cross. He had become the sinless sacrifice. He would finish the plan.

As he hung there, his accusers began yelling at him.

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Matthew 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

Matthew 27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

Matthew 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

That was true. He saved others, but HE COULDN'T SAVE HIMSELF. Not because he didn't have the ability to save himself, but because he couldn't save himself and fulfill the plan.

He could have only saved himself. He didn't have to ride the donkey into Jerusalem. I could have avoided the entire week. That would have saved him, but that would not have saved us. He could have took up the devil's offer to worshipped him. The devil would have given him all the kingdoms of the world. That would have saved him, but Jesus didn't. He could have compromised his message when he was attacked for his kingdom teaching. That would have saved him. He told Peter that he could call twelve legions of angels. That would have saved him, but he didn't. He could have made a bargain with Caiaphas and the Jewish authorities. That would have saved him. He could have worked things out with Pilate. After all, Pilate was looking for any excuse not to crucify him. That would have saved him. He could have simply become a great philosopher instead of going to the cross. That would have saved him.

He could have saved himself. He had the power to save himself. But then there would be no plan that would allow you and me to come close to God and have access to a supernatural and abundant life. There would be no eternal life for us. HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE.

IT WASN'T THE NAILS THAT HELD CHRIST to the cross that day. It was his love for us that held him there. Jesus loves you. Father loves you. He saved others, butHIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE. There was no other way.

I read a true story about a woman named Debbie. Debbie was a beautiful and bright woman. She was a great mom and wife. Debbie was diagnosed with cancer, and about eight months afterwards she died. But she didn't have to die. They discovered the cancer early. All they had to do was give her radiation and chemotherapy, but she wouldn't take it. Why? Two months before she was diagnosed with cancer, she found out she was pregnant with their third child. The chemo would have killed the baby, so she said no cancer treatment. She went full term, gave birth to her baby, and then she died. She died so that the baby could live. 

That's exactly what Jesus did for all of us. Was it possible that Debbie could have lived? Yes, but not while saving the baby at the same time. We could not have been born into God's family had Jesus done it another way and saved himself. HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE.

I want to encourage you today by telling you at the core center of God's plan is a blessed, abundant, and supernatural life for you. He has a plan for you to give you a hope and a future. He has a plan to prosper you and make every area of your life better than you can imagine. He sent Jesus so you can get close to God and the closer you get, the more supernatural your life will be. Jesus could not save himself because he wanted to save you. If you will receive him as your Lord and savior and live life according to his ways, you will live an abundant life beyond anything that you can ask or think.

How many are going to allow Jesus to show you the abundant life he has for you? Give the Lord and hand clap and a shout. Amen


[1] Joel Nelson, The Cup and the Clock, Sermon Central

[2] Sermon Central

 

 

 

 

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