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24 March 2013

Sermon: Palm Sunday C (OT)

Sunday of the Passion: 24 March AD 2013

Title: Killed and Made Alive (MP3 Audio)

Passion Sunday Summary: In most churches, the emphasis of this day has shifted from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to an introduction to our Lord’s suffering and death. However, these do not constitute an “either-or” but a “both-and,” for one cannot be without the other, as I have previously written in Hosannas and Palm Branches and elsewhere.

Today’s text, an excerpt from a song Moses sang to the Children of Israel, is a microcosm of God’s Word. It is Law and Gospel, condemnation and forgiveness, accusation and vindication. Here, He threatens false God’s and the people who follow them with destruction. He also promises to restore Israel from the depths of spiritual depravity into which they will all too willingly hurl themselves.

God also vindicates us, not because of any innate righteousness we possess but for the sake of His Son who died for us. He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the cross and forgives us through His blood. He put us to death in Baptism, drowning our old Adam, and raised us out of these waters to new life in Christ.

He spoke to Israel through Moses and now speaks to us through Scripture and through its proclamation by faithful pastors in preaching and the Absolution. He fed Israel manna and quail and led them to fresh water and feeds us His Son’s body and blood in Holy Communion while refreshing us with Jesus, the Water of Life.

Moses Sings to Israel Text: “For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free.

“Then he will say, ‘Where are their gods, the rock in which they took refuge, who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise up and help you; let them be your protection!

“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.’” Deuteronomy 32:36-39

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 MP3 of Killed and Made Alive.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: John 12:12-19 (Processional Gospel); Psalm 118:19-29 or 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:1-23:56 or Luke 23:1-56 or John 12:20-43

See Aardvark Alley for more on Palm Sunday.

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