Bringing the Text to Life

It Is imPOSSIBLE Luke 19:28-40


Most conquerors gain victory with an axe or a sword, but Jesus is a different kind of champion.

At a Glance

The jumping-off point for your sermon this Sunday is the movie that was released on Friday, Jack the Giant Slayer. This may seem to be an odd approach to the well-known Palm Sunday story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. And, as you will see, Jack is no Jesus -- far from it. But Jesus, like Jack, slays a few giants -- really important ones.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same gospel text, see "Donkey One," March 28, 2010, at

All of us have giants to face.

Maybe you're a 69-year-old retiree with chronic health problems. A 52-year-old man who has been laid off and is having trouble getting interviews. A 45-year old woman, struggling with guilt about choices she made as a young adult. A 33-year-old immigrant with a minimum-wage job and a family many thousands of miles away. A 25-year-old with the beginnings of a drinking problem. A teenager feeling the out-of-control expectations of his parents.

Illness. Unemployment. Guilt. Separation....

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