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PALM SUNDAY SERMON APRIL 1, 2012 Sermon Text: MARK 11:1-10 SHOUT HOSANNA! THE KING HAS COME BRINGING GLORY TO HIS NAME [Please rise] for the reading of this morning's Sermon Text recorded for us in Mark's Gospel where we read the first 10 Verses from Chapter 11: AS THEY APPROACHED JERUSALEM AND CAME TO BETHPHAGE AND BETHANY AT THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, JESUS SENT TWO OF HIS DISCIPLES, SAYING TO THEM, "GO TO THE VILLAGE AHEAD OF YOU, AND JUST AS YOU ENTER IT, YOU WILL FIND A COLT TIED THERE, WHICH NO ONE HAS EVER RIDDEN. UNTIE IT AND BRING IT HERE. IF ANYONE ASKS YOU, 'WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?' TELL HIM, 'THE LORD NEEDS IT AND WILL SEND IT BACK HERE SHORTLY.'" THEY WENT AND FOUND A COLT OUTSIDE IN THE STREET, TIED AT A DOORWAY. AS THEY UNTIED IT, SOME PEOPLE STANDING THERE ASKED, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING, UNTYING THAT COLT?" THEY ANSWERED AS JESUS HAD TOLD THEM TO, AND THE PEOPLE LET THEM GO. WHEN THEY BROUGHT THE COLT TO JESUS AND THREW THEIR CLOAKS OVER IT, HE SAT ON IT. MANY PEOPLE SPREAD THEIR CLOAKS ON THE ROAD, WHILE OTHERS SPREAD BRANCHES THEY HAD CUT IN THE FIELDS. THOSE WHO WENT AHEAD AND THOSE WHO FOLLOWED SHOUTED, "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!" This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. [Text taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers] Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: I don't know if you have been following the Trayvon Martin murder case. The young man in Florida who was shot. The case has really begun to intrigue me. A case that for weeks no one had really known of or heard of, but in the last couple of weeks, that case and that news story sure has gotten legs. Because all of a sudden we have people polarized about wearing hoodies and not wearing hoodies about a 17-year-old young man ... perfect student with a bag of Skittles being mistaken for a weapon. For a man, who is just standing up and defending himself and protecting himself according to Florida law. And what intrigues me about it is: All of a sudden everybody starts digging. Everybody starts digging to find out Trayvon wasn't the absolute perfect child ... no excuse for shooting him. We find out that the Zimmerman man may have a little problem with anger and some racial issues. But isn't it what is intriguing to me is that people want to present things in a certain way. This is "ABSOLUTELY THE TRUTH!" And the other side comes with: "But what about this and what about this and we talked to this person, and we saw this and we have this bit of news, and we uncovered and we've discovered this. It just intrigues me. And maybe it's because it's all happening before Holy Week. When Jesus rode in to Palm Sunday amid the shouts and praises of "HOSANNA!" "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!" "BLESSED IS THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF OUR FATHER DAVID!" How they were rejoicing and thrilled to hear Jesus, to see Him, to spend time with Him as He taught that week ... only within a few days, to begin to despise Him because evil had come in to stir it up, and to put doubts and plant things in people's heads. And it is so important for us today to recall who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for us. Today who have witnessed and believed that Jesus Christ IS our Lord, our Savior, our Almighty King to join together in the shouts of hosanna because we know that the King has come. We know that He has brought to us salvation and joy and comfort. And that we have yielded our lives to Him. Because there were a lot of people on that first Palm Sunday that sang the praises of Christ who were not looking for a Savior from sin. They were looking for someone who was very much like their ancestor, King David, who was going to restore them to a great people. Who was going to give them a kingdom that was filled with splendor and glory that was their own. That was not under the thumb of Rome or anyone else. But that they could govern and rule themselves in all of that glory and all of that splendor. That's what they were looking for and that's what they were shouting about. And when they realized that that's NOT what Jesus was, it was very easy for them to turn away from Him. To turn their backs on Him. But you and I know differently. You and I know WHY Jesus Christ came. Why, as we are reminded ... as Paul reminded the Philippians ... that He humbled Himself. That He left the glories of heaven and came to this earth to be a servant. To be obedient to His Father's commands. Obedient even to the point of death. And that death, a torturous horrific death on the cross of Calvary. He did that to become our King. To purchase us with His own blood. To shed that blood so that our sins would be washed away eternally. To be able to make us His children. To be able to make us servants in His kingdom where He will be the One who rules our lives and He will be the One who guides us and protects us. And who gives us all the splendor that we need in this life beginning with the forgiveness of our sins. And the security of knowing that through this life we are on our way to God's heavenly mansion. That He has opened those doors for us. He has given that glory and that blessing to us. And for that reason we shout "Hosanna!". We raise our voices in confession of who Jesus Christ is and what He came to do. Because the people that we deal with on a daily basis, a lot of them have no concept of sin. Or their need for a Savior. But they're looking for so many things because they don't have that answer. They don't have that answer that is going to give them peace and comfort in their lives. Because they know that they can't think they'll ever do enough ... for them to have the approval of God. Or to be blessed. But we understand and we know and we have been given that knowledge as a way to point people to our King. To rejoice in the fact that Jesus has saved us. And that we can show them our Savior. That we do that and keep His name holy. That we bring glory to His name by sharing our knowledge with other people. By also gathering together in worship and raising our voices together in worship and in praise. Coming together as the saints of God here to confess our sins. To hear once again that Jesus has forgiven us; that our Father is at peace with us. To hear His Word as guidance for our lives. To be able to respond in song and in prayer. To kneel at the altar here and be reminded that Jesus Christ gave up His life and now offers us His TRUE BODY AND BLOOD for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our souls. That we come together to encourage each other with that message. To keep each other focused on what is important. Because we know that our King is going to return. And it is not going to be on the back of a donkey riding in to the city of Jerusalem. But it will be on the clouds accompanied by all of His heavenly angels to judge the souls of all humanity. We look forward to That Day; we LONG for That Day when we will be called to the Holy Kingdom of God where each and every moment throughout eternity we will be in His presence. With Him at the throne, with us singing the praises for all He has done for us. All that He has accomplished for us. His glory ... His blessing ... His forgiveness ... His guidance in our live. Our life overflows with those blessings. And today we remind ourselves to bring that glory to God. To be in worship. To be studying who our Lord and Savior is. To be continuing to encourage each other. To do the work that God has called us to do. To teach the children this wonderful news so that they, too, can sing His praises. Not just here, but with us and the entire Church of God through all eternity. That we continue to see Jesus Christ as the One who governs our lives. That our heart is His throne. That He dictates what we do and what we say and everything that we be and will be and everything that we are is under His control. That we stop putting ourselves first in saying that WE know what's best and WE are going to accomplish this. But we turn to God, and say: I follow You. You know what is best. You are my Lord. You are my King and I bow in worship to You. I sing Your praises. I shout "Hosanna!" to everything that You have accomplished so far and I long for the day that I will shout "Hosanna!" and sing Your praises when I see You with my very eyes and stand in Your presence for all eternity with the saints of God; proclaiming Him as my King, giving Him all glory and honor and praise. And all that I am and all of my being. For all of eternity ... to be able to shout "HOSANNA!" to my Lord and King. For this, we are eternally grateful. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Posted by: hischild on Apr 3, 2012

This Palm Sunday message, based on Mark 11:1-10, encourages us as we show allegiance to our Savior King while bringing glory to His name. Contact Pastor Dave at:

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