Palm Sunday April 14th

April 15, 2019

Summary

Palm Sunday – John 12:12-19

 

They took palm branches, a symbol of victory and triumph, awarded to victorious athletes and warriors in battle, and they went out to meet Jesus, the coming victorious king.

They sang, “Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Hosanna means, “save us, help us”. They wanted Jesus to come and deliver them, to help them, to save them.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” These words are from Psalm 118, which is a psalm sung at the Passover.

The Passover, was when God delivered His people from the angel of death in Egypt, with the blood of the lamb smeared on the outside door of their homes.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” These words point to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” These words point to Jesus who will come and save His people with His holy, innocent, bitter suffering and death.

On this Palm Sunday, Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, is coming to die on the cross.

On this Palm Sunday, Jesus is coming to save us, to help us, to deliver us.

Jesus will accomplish our salvation by His holy precious blood, given and shed for us for the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is coming, as the Lamb of God, and King of kings, to show mercy to us.

He is coming to suffer and die, taking our place, for the sins we have committed.

Jesus is taking our place, under the mighty hand of God, to be punished for the sins we have committed.

Truly, God the Father so loves us that He gave His only begotten Son unto death on the cross, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

For Jesus, the Lamb of God, did not come into the world to condemn us sinners, but to save us.

He did not come into the world to be served by us, but to serve us.

And why did they come singing “Hosanna” to Jesus? It was because Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus brought Lazarus out of the tomb, after having been dead for three days.

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.

Jesus is the Door to the kingdom of heaven.

He comes to us, as our Lamb and King, to open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

He comes to make a right relationship with us and our heavenly Father.

We do not fear Jesus coming on the Last Day to judge the quick and the dead.

We have received forgiveness. Jesus has saved us. Jesus has delivered us. Thanks be to God.

“Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Justin, Dailyn, Kylee, these have been your words since the day of your baptism. Since the day of your birth, you have cried out for God to save you, to help you, to deliver you. And when you received the sign of the cross upon your heart and your head, when the water poured over your head, Jesus did just that. You are saved, you are forgiven, you are delivered from sin, death and hell. Truly, God has shown favor to you. Truly, God has shown you mercy. Truly, God loves you.

Justin Hanks, the confirmation verse I have chosen for you is, Fear not, for I am with you; do not lose courage, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. [Isaiah 41:10]

Justin, Jesus is your Immanuel, He is your “God with you”. His goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. He will never leave or forget about you. He will strengthen and help you and uphold you. Add He will only do that when you hear the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. He will only do that when you hear the forgiveness of sins spoken to you. He will only do that when you come to His altar and eat His body and drink His blood, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. It is in these gifts, and only in these gifts that Jesus gives you,  that He can save you

 

Dailyn Marine, the confirmation verse I have chosen for you is, The Lord has done great things for me; and I am filled with joy. [Psalm 126:3]

Dailyn, the Lord has done great things for you. He has come down from heaven for you. He is with you always. He speaks to you. He invites you to come into the church, to lie down in green pastures. He washes you in the waters of Holy Baptism, you walk beside still waters, to restore your soul. He feeds you with His body and blood in Holy Communion. He gives Himself to you. The body which was born of the  Virgin Mary, died on the cross, rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, is given for you to eat and to drink. Forgiveness, life and eternal salvation is yours. Your cup runs over.

Kylee Skramstad, the confirmation verse I have chosen for you is, Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. [Isaiah 43:1]

Kylee, fear not, the name of God has been given to you on the day you were baptized. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are given to you. You are invited to call upon that name in prayer in every time of trouble. He will hear you and answer you. His goodness and holy will are yours. Fear not, you have been redeemed. You have been purchased and won from sin, from death and from the power of the devil. Fear not, you are God’s own child and He is your God. Fear not, He invites you to come into His presence with thanksgiving. You are and honored guest of the banquet feast, of His Holy Supper. All that is God’s is yours. His great kingdom is yours. Every time you come into His presence and eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins, you will participate in all that God’s kingdom has and offers. Truly you are richly blessed.

So Justin, Dailyn, Kylee, wave your palm branches, shout you hosannas, rejoice, give thanks and sing, for truly Jesus saved you when you were baptized and He saves you today and every day of your life. Amen.

“Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Miranda, these have been your words since the day of your baptism. Since the day of your birth, you have cried out for God to save you, to help you, to deliver you. And when you received the sign of the cross upon your heart and your head, when the water poured over your head, Jesus did just that. You are saved, you are forgiven, you are delivered from sin, death and hell. Truly, God has shown favor to you. Truly, God has shown you mercy. Truly, God loves you.

Miranda Lindner, the confirmation verse I have chosen for you is, The Lord is my light and my salvation; I shall not fear. The Lord is the stronghold of my life; I am not afraid? [Psalm 27:1]

Miranda, on the day you were baptized, you received Jesus, the Light of the world, the Light no darkness can overcome. You were probably given a candle to remember this beautiful truth. Fear not. Because of the Light of Jesus given to you at your baptism, the darkness of sin, death and hell have no power over you. Fear not. The Son of God has come down from heaven and is now with you. He speaks to you from this pulpit, and in your hearing you are strengthened and built up. You hear that Jesus loves you. You hear that your sins are forgiven. He feeds you with His body in the bread, which lived and died and rose again. He gives you His blood in the wine of the cup, which poured forth from the holes in His feet, hands, side and all the would which covered His body from the whipping and beating and scouringing. You taste and see that the Lord is good to you, slow to anger toward you, abounding in steadfast love toward you.

Miranda, when you come to this church, Jesus is the stronghold of your life. Hear the absolution God speaks to you. Listen to the sermon. Sing the liturgy. Pray the prayers. Receive the Lord’s Supper. Be reminded of what He has done for you. Be not afraid. Wave your palm branches, shout you hosannas, rejoice, give thanks and sing, for truly Jesus saved you when you were baptized and He saves you today and every day of your life. Thanks be to God. Amen.