Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Christ Triumphantly Enters Jerusalem: Palm Sunday

Lamb of God, by Tom Dubois 
Palm Sunday

It is a glorious event hidden to the eye without faith. The fact is that were you to see Jesus riding a dirty stinky donkey, you wouldn't think it a special event. He was a man who smelled like all other men. Dusty and dirty would be his clothes and feet.

So whats' the big deal? That man was God, who was riding on a donkey with the stench of humanity.

The people shouted out,

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. (Mt. 21:9-11)
When Christ entered Jerusalem, some of those present wanted someone to fight against the civil authorities. Others understood that this was the promised Messiah from the Old Testament.

The Vocabulary and Culture of Believers

This event was so important that immediately the Christian Church grabbed hold of the events and made the words spoken that day a focus of her understanding of God's presence on earth. The very sustenance of the Church.

Around Jerusalem and into the churches, the people of God began to sing "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest." (I'm sure they used LCMS' maroon hymnal.) So important are these words that identify the God who was slaughtered for our sins, that the church has used them ever since. Believers know that these words echo the words of the prophets and the fulfillment of their prophecies in Jesus.

The donkey rider on Palm Sunday is God. He is man. He is the payment for the sins of the world. He is the Sacrificial Lamb. This Messiah rode this exciting day, knowing it was His ride to death to endure the wrath of God.

Our Savior's Palm Sunday (PARENTS see News)

Please join us this Palm Sunday as our children remind us of the simplicity of faith that accepts the complexity of Jesus' death and resurrection. The children will process down the aisle of our church, singing the Palm Sunday hymn that we all remember from our childhood. They and we - will declare,

Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, 
Hosanna in the highest.

These are the words that prepare us for the Lord's Supper. Jesus is present. At church. In His Supper. Then, in Christ's Holy Feast the same Jesus whose sin-bearing body rode on the donkey, will call us to the victory feast of His resurrected Body and Blood. Forgiveness will flow from our altar.

Bring your children to join in the celebration!

Mt. 28:19-20

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