Topic: “Loose Me and Let Me Go!”
Today we observe Palm Sunday. This is the day commemorating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. “Triumphal” means commemorating and/or celebrating victory. It was on that day that Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their “promised Messiah and King”. On that day many worshipped and praised Him. But as usual many others rejected Him. Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem marks the beginning of what we refer to as “Passion week.” In just a few days those same people’s cheers, would turn to jeers that would shout out, CRUCIFY HIM!
But through it all we find that on that “Resurrection Sunday” Jesus rose from the grave to live forevermore! It is because of the victory that Christ secured that we can possess victory as well. Jesus’ left the glories of Heaven and came as a babe in Bethlehem. Now His journey from glory to glory is entering the home stretch…Jesus’ “hour has come”. I want to share and event that led up to that Triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Usually there is a celebration AFTER a victory. …When a team wins the World Series, NCAA Championship, the Super Bowl or the NBA Championship, there will often be a parade and celebration when that team returns to their home city. At this point Jesus is putting for some things in order which are necessary for his trip into Jerusalem.
But before I get there, I have just one question for you this morning and here it is: “Have you ever been tied up?”
Have you ever gotten into some stuff that you wished you hadn’t gotten into.” Did the thing that you got tied to feel good to you at first, but then after a while, you thought you had control of it, until it completely took over your life? I’m not talking about now because I can see everyone’s halo suspended in midair over the top of your head! But have you ever been tied up in something and couldn’t figure how to get out of it? Have you ever been tied up in something and you couldn’t find anyone who cared enough about you to help you get out of it?
OK, let’s see if I can get some help this morning from my crew that I brought with me. We are learning to be transparent in my church, because that is the only way were are going to help some people young and old stay free of those things that so easily bind you up and have the potential of wreaking havoc in your life.
Anyone ever been tied up in man or woman trouble? Anyone ever been in an abusive situation and you thought that If I changed, if I catered to his or her every whim, things would get better, he or she would stop calling me names, beating me up, making me feel so bad.
Tell your neighbor, it’s not fun or cute being tied up with the world! In this life you will have disappointments, in this life you will go through persecution, in this life sickness and disease may ravage your body, in this life family, your spouse, friends, and fellow church members may walk away from you, but be of good cheer, Christ has overcome this world. Jesus is neither tied up or bound, He is free today; and saints of God neither do we have to be bound up, tied up because, whom the Son has set free, is free indeed!
Anyone ever been tied up in your finances? Have you ever filed chapter 7 or 11? Have you ever had your credit so jacked up that you couldn’t get cable, lights, a mortgage or apartment, without someone having to sign for you? Anyone ever been tied up in drugs, alcohol, gambling or some other social illness. Did it cause the divorce you went through, did you lose your job or some of your friends?
Let us consider these verses of our text for a few moments.
Luke 19:29-44 (NIV) 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a] “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
The gospel writer for this text is Luke. He suggest to us that when Jesus was in Jerusalem previously, as He often was, that he made arrangements with some friends to use this animal the next time He came to the city. His friends agreed to let Him use the animals at the time of the Passover Feast. The owners of these animals were expecting the Lord and had them tied outside for Him. He told the disciples what to say in case anyone asked, so that they would know the Lord had sent them on this errand. The important thing in this passage is that Jesus asserts His authority. Listen to these words: “The Lord Hath Need of Him.”
I want to call your attention to the directions the Lord gave his disciples when He sent them on this mission. There were 4 key verbs or action words that He uses. “Go, Find, Untie, Loose, and Bring. Let me make it plainer: This wasn’t a suggestion, it was a command! He tells them, “Go to the place over yonder, there you will find the colt, untie it or loose it, and then bring it to me.”
The first thing Jesus does is give the disciples he sent, the command to “Go.” There are several times in Scripture that Jesus uses the disciples or parables to give the command for someone to go and do something or find something. In the parable of the “Great Supper, the King commanded his servant to: “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind;22 and the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. “23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. At another time Jesus said to His disciples: "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
When the Lord gives us a command to go, we are supposed to get to stepping and be about our Father’s business. Whatever He tells us to do we are to do it quickly without hesitation and complaining. When He tells us to go, it means that He has already gone before us and has prepared some things in advance of our arrival. We cannot see the forest from the trees at times, but God sees all and knows all. He removes obstacles out of our way; He makes the rough places smooth and the crooked places straight. When we come up with excuses for why we can’t go, or why someone else is better suited for the job, He tells us to use what is in our hands. Start somewhere, bust a move, I will go with you to fight whatever giants stand in your pathway. When He tells you to go, no devil in hell, no boss, no authority, no relative, friend, enemy, pastor, church member can stop the move of God on your life and mine. They have to give up the goods, step aside, open the gate, the window or the door; they’ve got to loose you and let you go!
The next directive Jesus gave the disciples was, “find.” When we cannot find our way, I want to suggest to you that Jesus does not need or use a GPS. He is never lost. We might get lost and stray from the path He has laid out, but when you call on Jesus, He will guide you and help you find the way to your destination. Jesus is the way the truth and the light. Just keep your eyes on him and He will lead you all the way from earth to heaven. If you don’t know the way, read Jeremiah 29: 11. Jesus promises that He has a plan and future for you. He knows how to get you there and He will keep you on the right road if you let him. I charge you to stay in His presence, read His Word, Praise Him, and thank Him for His answers; and finally, wait for the promises to show up. You might be lost, but trust me; He will find you and get you back on course.
The next word in the list of commands is: “Untie or Loose” Whatever has been tying you up, keeping you bound, holding you captive to your past, God says in this season, that He has untied your bands. He has commanded that the devil untie you from everything that has tried to choke out love, joy, peace, happiness, strength and a sound mind. When God makes the decision that He is going to use you and I for His glory, demonic forces that have kept us tied up, have to: back up, give up, unshackle, unchain, and take its filthy hands off of you and me. All that the Father is looking for in this season is our availability.
Let me help somebody in here today. You are never too young or too old for God to use you. You are never to fat, skinny, too short or too tall. God cares noting about skin color, ethnicity, culture, religious affiliation, status in life or any of those things. God can use you right here in this facility. He can use your mouth as a witness of His goodness and salvation. He can use your eyes, he can use your smile, and He can use your sense of humor or your wit. When God stops using us that must mean he is ready to take us home to be with Him!!
On every shelf in a supermarket or some kind of store, most items have an expiration date. When that date arrives, the contents of that can, bottle, package or whatever is not safe to consume and it has to be discarded before someone buys it, takes it home and eats it. Therefore I am here to let you know that each of us, the problems in our lives, has an appointment, a day of cancellation, or liberation of the things that have tied us up and threatened to short circuit our lives, wreak havoc in our families, hold up our ministries, throw a monkey wrench in our relationships or whatever goals and dreams that we are trusting God to fulfill in our lives. Devil your time is up. I remember when Satan tempted Jesus when His 40 day fast was over. He could not get Jesus to mess up his appointment with his destiny and purpose, so the Bible said that Satan, left him for a season.
Well I came here to serve the devil notice that his season of persecution, lying, deception, perpetrating, stealing, is over. I decree and declare that The Lord is placing Satan in a “TIME OUT CHAIR,” FOR A SEASON. We sometimes need a break from the 24/7 365, warfare that the enemy brings about in our lives.
After the Lord allows you and me to be disconnected from the thing or things that have tied us up; He then looses you and me to be a servant of God. He looses you so that you can pursue your purpose; He looses you from your past demons; He looses you from old mindsets, old hurtful feelings, He looses you from people who did you wrong, who mistreated you and never spoke a kind word to you; He looses you to love and not hate those who despitefully misused you; He looses you to become better and not bitter, He looses you so you can set you hopes on things that are of eternal value and not just material value, He looses you so that you will trust in Him more than you did one year, two years, five, ten, or twenty years ago; He looses us so that we can tell somebody about the hope that we now have in Jesus Christ; And guess what: “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper.” Nobody can destroy what God has built up, no one can stop or beat God blessing you; no one can take the credit for how the Lord picked you up, turned you around, and placed your feet on solid ground.
Lord, I just don’t want you to loose me, but after you loose me, I want you to sit on me. I want you to sit on me like you did to the 120 that were locked up in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost waiting for the promise of the Holy Sprit’s power to descend upon them as Jesus promised it would. The Word says that your spirit sat upon their tongues and they were filled with the Spirit of God and began to speak in other tongues.
If you sit on me Jesus that your word will be in me like Jeremiah said, “Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones, If you sit on me Jesus, then I can say Like Job, “Tough He slay me, yet will I trust Him, If you sit on me Jesus then I can say like Paul, I fought a good fight, I kept the faith; If you sit on me Jesus I can say like Peter, “Lord, if that is You, bid me to come to you on the water;” If you sit on me Jesus, I can say like David, Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; If you sit on me Jesus I can say like you said it best: “My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, give I thee, in my Father’s house there are many mansions, if it were not true, I would have told you.
When all things were ready and prepared for Jesus to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the colt was brought to him, the disciples threw their garments on it; He saddled up, and made His way to Jerusalem. The people got excited like most do at a parade or celebration in the streets. They shouted Hosanna, Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord: Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:35-38).
Sometimes we have to get an attitude with the devil and say to him; Untie Me, you are not my master.” “LOOSE ME AND LET ME GO!”