Big Idea: If we are open to new experiences, moments of frustrated expectation can become moments of fresh revelation

Revolution to Revelation
“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’ “And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.  And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”  And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.” Mark 11: 1-11 ESV

The story of palm branches, a donkey, and a son of David

  • Branches placed on the road:
  • A King and his Donkey
  • Son of David

Look at how this account ends: “And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve (Mark 11:11).”

  • The Jewish People expect a Messiah like King David, a man of war. They expected a Messiah like Judah Maccabeus, to overthrow the government and rescue them. They expected a revolution, and they missed the revelation

~Frustrated Expectation can become Fresh Revelation~

Transfiguration to Revelation
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.” Mark. 9:2-10 ESV

  • Jesus said, “I have come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets”
    (Matthew 5:17)

    • Revelation: Jesus fulfilled the law, completely satisfying its legal requirements
    • Revelation: Jesus fulfilled 300 prophecies, against absolutely impossible odds
    • Revelation: Jesus is revealed as God’s Son “This is my beloved son, listen to Him”- Moses and Elijah disappear
    • Revelation: Jesus would willingly die and be raised again

Conclusion:

  • Let’s not build a tent to contain yesterday’s glory
  • Let’s be open to the Moving of the Spirit
  • Let’s exchange OLD expectation for NEW revelation