Prelude to Passover by Pastor Don
I typed the closed captioning for this show, and am sharing it with you as is. Remember what is in the brackets  is what the congregation says. If there are three dots…it means a pause. This is as close to being there as you can get. I hope you enjoy this sermon and I pray that you get loosed. Heather
So even though I’m supposed to give you a passage of Scripture from the time period that is associated with this, I’m going to give you the Scripture the Lord gave me to minister to you on. And if you want to hear the sermon of the resurrected Lord, you’re going to have to come back in three weeks. [Amen, laughter]…I will be glad, at the proper time, to apply the proper message to the circumstance and situation …
The word, Easter, itself is a celebration of the goddess eostre, it’s a pagan celebration that crept its way into Christianity in 325 AD. The powers that be under King Constantine, or Emperor Constantine if you will, decided to celebrate Easter instead of the Passover. Jesus is the Passover Lamb. Passover is a month from now. This year there is 28 days between the Easter celebration and Passover. We need to realize that the egg and the baby chicks and the bunnies and all of that came from the pagan celebration, because she was the fertility goddess of the spring equinox and that happens to be right now. And so those things crept into Christianity and they have absolutely nothing. Can you say, “Absolutely nothing?” [Absolutely nothing.] to do with the risen Lord. They don’t have anything to do with it. If you don’t believe me, please check your history and you will see that the early church fathers celebrated the Passover. Jesus came as the Passover Lamb on the 14th day of the Hebrew calendar of Nissan, and that’s when it was all…
So this, this pagan celebration we have to give some credence to it cause it’s a tradition of the Church, but it has no spiritual validity. So, today here at Living Word Chapel, we’re very glad to see you! [hallelujah] We’re very glad to see all of you pagan celebrators. [laughter] And we welcome you in the name of Jesus the Christ who rose on Passover, not on Easter.
But that doesn’t make you a bad person, because a few years ago I began to ask some questions. The first question I asked was, “How come Easter doesn’t fall at the same time as Passover?” Simple question. So I just did the research only to find out that the Easter bunny and all of that, and the little colored eggs had nothing to do with the Lord that saved my life. [Amen!] Totally different.
So, if you don’t mind, I have a story from the time period right in front which is where we should be, before. And that would be the time period close to and approaching Passover. And then all you have to do, I love you so much. All you have to do is come back the next few Sundays and we’ll draw closer to the true celebration which is Passover and guess what. We want to invite you to a Passover Seder so you can see that Jesus the Messiah, who was a Jewish Messiah, is fully manifested in the Passover meal. All the way from the time of Moses, Jesus was in that meal. And He left a big tip after he ate. [laughter] Okay. So, please, don’t be offended, don’t be upset, that the Easter bunny is not celebrated at the Living Word Chapel. But think of this, maybe, by Divine Appointment, God led you here today so you could find that out. [hallelujah]
We still have a Sunrise Breakfast, but it’s not because Jesus rose at sunrise, we have the breakfast because Pastor Don loves to eat. [laughter] And so, we had a wonderful breakfast this morning. I want to thank the team, they put out a sumptuous meal. [applause]…And God is happy anytime His children get together and praise Him. So we were up on the mountain this morning at 25 degrees. And we were singing praises to the Lord, and blowing the trumpet, and having a good time. Alright?
So let’s pray, and let’s get your Bible’s out. Father, as we look into the Word, let every heart be lifted up. Let every face, Lord, radiate with the reality that you are still God, You are still on the throne, and You love us immensely. And it is Your desire, to untie us, and set us loose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. [Amen.]
I want you to go to the 19th chapter of the book of Luke. I want to begin reading in verse 28 and then we want to dissect this as we get closer and closer to that great day. The Apostles are coming upon the triumphant entry which we know as Palm Sunday, And in verse 28 it says, “When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying…” in verse 30, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works… they had seen”… “for all the mighty works they had seen,,” …
I want to back up a little bit and look at verse 30 there, if you would. It says, “…Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.” verse 31 “And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.”
If we’re to break this down we see that the Lord is addressing something from a supernatural vantage point. He is saying He has a purpose and a plan for unfolding this part of His ministry. And it begins with His entrance into Jerusalem. And He’s going to go into Jerusalem, and He is going to begin to establish His Kingdom. He’s going to set up His Kingdom, Lord have mercy!… That’s why I’m smiling…Cause you all, you all are a part of it. AMEN! And so, as He’s going to do this, He requires something. In this particular case, it says He’s asking for them to go and loose and bring to Him a colt.
Well, in the King James and in the other Scriptures it refers to it as what? The people of His day called it an ass. And an ass is a small donkey. Anybody ever heard of a donkey? [yes] You know, it’s a small donkey, the funny thing is, why would the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, why would He want a donkey? I mean, surely He’d want to ride in on a great steed, why would He ask to ride a little ass? A little donkey? If He’s the King of Kings why wouldn’t He ask for a horse? This is why it it’s so important to understand what I am trying to say, I’m not trying to be dogmatic, or anti-tradition, but it’s these foolish gentile traditions that have kept us from knowing a Jewish King of Kings.
And so, in our thinking, we would say, “Why didn’t He ride in on a horse?” But the reality is, the Jews of Jesus’ day, watch me carefully now, the Jews of His day, measured wealth not on the basis of how many shekels necessarily you had, but one thing was, if you were rich, you had lots of donkeys. You didn’t have lots of horses, because the horse was the weapon of warfare. But if you were rich and powerful, you wouldn’t traffic in horses unless you were in a condition of warfare.
When Jesus comes back at the End of Days, as in the book of Revelation, He’s going to be coming riding on a horse. Cause He’s coming to kick some devil butt. [laughter] So He’s going to be on a horse. But at this particular time, He is coming as the King of Peace. He is coming and He’s looking for donkeys, which donkeys represented wealth, because the rich and powerful of Jesus’ day wanted to ride on something that was sure footed and smooth. And horses, by comparison to donkeys are clumsy. They’re tall, they’re high up in the air, and they stumble on the rocks. But a little donkey, can navigate the rocks easily once he is under the control of the Master. I’m trying to preach here, someone.
All you little donkeys [laughter] you will be able to navigate the hard places once the Master is able to sit upon you and guide you, [hallelujah] Lord have mercy! I’m talking to somebody. You see, Jesus is going to, at some point, come and ride a horse for war. But in this particular case, He is looking to show His wealth, to show His power, His success, because He’s going to come on a donkey. But it’s a donkey that has never been ridden.
But watch this, it’s a donkey that has surely been tied…The donkey has been tied up for a certain amount of time because he is under an owner. And the owner has him tied up. I don’t want to reduce you. I love you. I don’t want to reduce you to, you know, a four legged creature, but…[laughter] but today, I’m doing you nice. Jesus reduced you to being a sheep. Not just a sheep, a dumb sheep. I’m at least letting you be a sure footed donkey today. [laughter] I’m pretty good. I’m letting you off.
So Jesus says to them, He tells them prophetically, He hasn’t entered the area yet, but He can see through the eye of the Word of Knowledge, and through the Eye of the Word of Wisdom, He not only sees in a vision because He’s standing in the office of the Prophet, He not only sees the donkey, but notice this one thing, He also sees the owner of the donkey as one that must yield…Lord, did you get that? He not only sees the donkey, He sees the donkey as tied up, He sees the owner of the donkey, and He knows that the owner must yield to the Word of God which says, “The Lord has need of him.” [amen]
I want you to just picture yourselves now…Don’t look around, I’m just talking to you from my heart. You cannot get set free until you will acknowledge that you’ve been tied. And every one of us in here, myself included, there was a time in my life when I was tied to some stuff. And there was an owner, and whether I wanted to admit it or not, the devil had ownership over me. When he wanted me to be lustful or foolish, I’d just do as he said. When he wanted me to be dishonest, or trifling, you know the word trifling? [no] You all don’t know the word trifling, huh? You all ate them hominy grits like you know what the word trifling is. [laughter] But trifling means that in a given situation, you will make it worse instead of better. Trifling means in a given situation of peace, you will cause a disturbance. Trifling means that in given a good idea and a bad idea, you will somehow hope that the bad idea will turn into a good idea if you trifle with it…Can I use trifle like that? I think I can.
So what I want you to see is you are tied to certain things. Some of you are tied like I was. You’re tied to a world view…You know, you’re tied to a world view. What’s the difference between a new ager and a believer? There’s, there’s just a difference of a world view, that’s all. Most new age people are looking for God, they just don’t know where to look. And so they trifling….You know, looking for something good, but you’re looking in the wrong place. You create some problems. Amen? And so what we have to recognize from the Word of God is we get tied to certain things. We have certain attitudinal things.
This political election has raised up some questions and one of the candidates has gotten into a problem because of the world view that his pastor had. And people are trying to tie him to the world view of the pastor. I’m trying to tie you to the world view of the Word. [AMEN] I’m not a political kind of guy, not interested in it, my politics are very simple. Jesus is Lord. [amen]…But there’s some people that are tied to politics. They’re tied to the political outcome. They’re thinking that somehow this election is really going to do something…We’re just going to switch one politician for another politician for another politician, for another one until the King of Kings comes, and there will be no politicians. [yeah, amen] Moving right along…You all all right? But see, some of you who are tied to your politics found that offensive. Too bad for you. [laughter] You need to be untied. You need to be loosed.
And some of us get tied to, you know….I was reading a book this morning about the errors of prophets. Sometimes prophets get messed up because they get tied to a world view. There’s this guy Balaam, and he got tied, he got his world view tied to the rich and the famous. Where he desired some fame and some wealth and therefore even though he still prophesied right, watch me now. He prophesied the right things. He said what God said, but in his heart he desired what the world could offer…And so, because he desired what the world would offer, the Bible describes him as a false prophet, even though what he said was the real deal. The Church needs to realize we have in our midst false prophets and all of them are not in the pulpit…We have some false prophets in the lobby. we have some false prophets in the parking lot. We have some false prophets in our home. We have some people who say they are Christians but are not. We have some masqueraders who pretend and are not. We have some donkeys who are still tied under the leadership of their owner…but guess what?
I’ve got good news for you today. ..Jesus has need of you. [amen] As messed up and confused as you are, as tied to the wrong world view, as bound to Budweiser as you may be, as bound to trifling nature and messing up as you are, as bound to lust and sexual desires that just keep getting you in trouble…boy it’s getting quiet in here all of a sudden. [laughter] …We need to get some things right. We have been so tied to our owners, in this case the devil in his way of thinking, we’ve been so tied to that, that we need to realize that Jesus is declaring in this day and this time, it is time for us to get loosed from some of this thinking that has been a disaster.
We need to get loosed from the thinking of the owner. Most of the things he’s come up with do not work…And we need to accept they don’t work and move on… to being loosed. Can you say, loosed? [loosed] Come on, say it like you’re really free. Loosed. [loosed] Oh, I love it! Say it again. [loosed!] Loosed. You sound like Zulu’s. [laughter] Zulu warriors. Come on say it again. Loosed [loosed] See, we need to get loosed from some ways of thinking. We need to get loosed from some ideas.
I was reading an article about Brett Favre, I love football, I’ve got nothing against Brett Favre, but it says that all the churches in Milwaukee, where, what’s the name of the town?…Milwaukee, I’m right, Wisconsin. [laughter] Where the Packers play football. It says that all of the churches, listen to me, this is funny, the churches have to adjust their church services to accommodate the football season, or else they’ll have no one in church. [WOW] … See, some of you think I make this stuff up. I don’t make this stuff up. This is the way it is.
Our world view is so dominated that we don’t know we’re tied…Good husbands are leaving good wives because they’ve watched so many soap operas and so much TV that they really think that the grass is greener on the other side. I actually had a woman say to me, I’m leaving my husband. Why are you leaving my husband? I’m bored. I said, “SO WHAT!!! [amen] Life has its boring days, weeks, years! So you should be happy some stuff is bored.” [laughter] …That should mean you’ve got time to knit, sew, go bowling, take a walk, go fishing…If you’re bored, that means you have time to do something creative, like serve the Lord!” [Whew!!!] Anybody working here but me? [laughter] But what happened? She just got caught in this world view that tells her somehow, that her owner means her well. But her owner is out to destroy her. Destroy her family and her children along with it. Somebody say “Hallelujah!” in here. [Hallelujah] Let’s get it right.
You are tied, you need to look in the mirror and say, “What is it I’m tied to.” Do I really believe that somehow Mary Kaye and Revlon are going to save me? [laughter] I don’t think so. What’s your world view? I don’t care guys. Listen, a Lexus is not going to put a beautiful babe in your car. [laughter]…That isn’t going to happen…It’s a bent world view.
Jesus, today, is calling out, as He did that day. But He is sending who? Did you notice what it said? He sent two disciples…I love this part…He sent two disciples. Almost all of us are waiting for Jesus to show up, not realizing that Jesus has sent someone else to show up. [amen]…And it is through that someone else that you will get introduced to Jesus. Let me take that again. The Bible says that Jesus sent two disciples and said, “Go over here,” supernaturally He says, “Go over here, on this particular day, and go, what? Go find this donkey with this guy, tell him, loose it, and say the Lord has what?” [need of it] “Need of it.” Jesus didn’t go. He sent some….[disciples]…he sent some….[disciples]…A disciple is a follower of Christ.
Today as you sit here, if you have been loosed, then you’re supposed to be one of those guys who’s going to some other donkeys and getting them loosed. [amen] Come on! Anybody hear what I’m saying today? [applause] You’ve been called by God to go loose people from their bound up conditions and set them free!!!! And when the devil, the owner, comes, you are to inform him, “The Lord has need of him!” [shouting] The Lord has need of him! [applause] That’s your job! If you have the wisdom to know you were tied up, but you are now loosed, then you’ve got to be about the Father’s business and His business is setting the captive free! [hallelujah] That’s what your job is! [applause] Binding up the broken hearted and setting them loose. Praise God! Jesus! Hallelujah! Somebody grunt for me. [grunts] All right.
Now if you happen to be the donkey, then it’s time for you to acknowledge that you have been bound by world thinking. You have been bound by television thinking. You have been bound by video thinking. And it’s time for you to be loosed. And why? Why should you be loosed? The Lord has need of you today! He needs you!
With all your shabbiness, with all of your doubt and unbelief, He needs YOU. With all of your confusion, He needs you. With all of your divorces and separations and all of the mental boundlings that you go through, He still has determined, He needs you! With all the sickness that has plagued you, all of the difficulties you’ve faced. With all of your broken home stuff, with all of your crazy fathers, abusive mothers, He still says, “Loose Him, I need them!”…He needs you! He wants you loosed and set free from your stuff, so that He can then use you.
We’re coming into…I’m prophesying to you now. We’re coming into the era where the Holy Spirit is not looking for the Pastor to go get it done. He’s not looking for the prophet to go get it done. He is looking for the system that He put in place, way back then. He’s looking for disciples to go get it done. And then when you get loosed, you become a disciple, that goes and gets it done. That’s how the gospel is going to be spread. Don’t count on TV to get it done. Don’t count on radio to get it done. Don’t count on the internet to get it done. Jesus is going to do it one person to another. By the grace of Him, by power of His might, by the strength that He has endowed us with, because He is saying, “Loose him, let him go free. I have need of him!” [AMEN] Glory be to God! [applause] He needs you.
He not only needs you, but praise be to God, He wants you…Today, there’s some of you here that in the next few weeks, I’m not going to see you…I’ll still be here, but you’ll be off testing the world view and trying to prove me wrong. Hoping that the Bible’s not right. Maybe there’s some way you can skirt around this Jesus thing and you know, they’re nice people, but they’re all just too loud and too confused…Maybe that’s you. And then some of you’ll disappear for a year, or two, or whatever, and you, just know this…the Lord has need of you…
He’s willing to wait for you to get through your stuff. Or He’s waiting for you to make a decision to be faithful now so that you can get discipled, so that you can do what?… Make disciples. Or you can, you’re welcome to just run on off out of here. Go do whatever. And you don’t have to stay here. The Lord has need of you. There’s a million churches, and there’s a million ways you can find to make yourself of value to the Kingdom. You know, you can attempt to raise your kids out there in the world, for a whole long time. But I assure you, when you get back these kids that stay will be way ahead of your kid. [hallelujah]…Why, well why? Why? Because the Lord has need of them. [yeah]…
So, I’m just EXCITED!!!! I’d scream louder but…then I’d have to lay hands on you to get you healed from deafness. [laughter] But GOD IS SO GOOD!!! [amen] And He has need of you! [applause]…He just has a need for you…Today, be loosed. Be loosed. Don’t, don’t leave this service, and leave here all bound up. You can get set free.
Amen and amen.
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