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01 April 2012

Sermon: Palm Sunday B (OT)

Sunday of the Passion: 1 April AD 2012

Sermon Theme: Prisoners of Hope

Summary: In most churches, the emphasis of this day has shifted from the Triumphal Entry to an introduction to our Lord’s suffering and death. However, one cannot be without the other, as I have previously written; e.g., Hosanna and Palm Branches and elsewhere.

Our King rode into Jerusalem to free fallen mankind from Satan’s fetters, releasing us from the chains of sin, death, and hell. Yet He also takes us captive, binding us not harshly, by threats and violence, but gently, with the sure and certain hope of our resurrection to life everlasting.

To emphasize that this salvation is not only for Israel but also for us Gentiles, I added verse 13 to the appointed Old Testament reading from Zechariah 9:1-12.

Sunday of the PassionSermon Text: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
Zechariah 9:9-13

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Prisoners of Hope, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

Other Readings: John 12:12-19 (Processional Gospel); Psalm 118:19-29 or 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:1 or Mark 15:1-47 or John 12:20-43

See Aardvark Alley for more on The Sunday of the Passion.

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