Behold! Your King Comes

Behold! Your King Comes

Listen to the sermon:

Behold Your King Matt 21_5

Palm Sunday – March 24, 2013

For Pre-service Meditation: Psalm 24, Page 128 in front of Hymnal

Choir – “He Comes in the Name of the Lord”

Hymn LSB 875 : Father, We Praise Thee Hymnary.org link

The Invocation and Confession of Sins

C: On this Palm Sunday, dear heavenly Father, we come before You in humility and repentance.  We are unworthy servants, deserving only of Your divine abundant mercy and unfailing promise, we stand at the foot of the cross, seeking forgiveness and pardon.  For the sake of Jesus, our Palm Sunday Savior and King – forgive us, assure us, strengthen us and bless us.  Amen.

The Absolution

A Responsive Palm Sunday Reading

P: As the climax of His earthly ministry drew near, our Lord prepared His disciples for His final journey to Jerusalem:
C: “From that time on, Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the Jewish leaders, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Matt 16:21)

P: In addition to the amazing Isaiah 53 Messianic prophecy of God’s suffering Servant wounded, pierced, crushed and punished for us, for our transgressions – Isaiah 50 describes the Servant’s determination to endure all to fulfill His saving mission:
C: “I have not been rebellious; I offered my back to those who scourged Me.  Because the Lord God helps Me, I will never be ashamed.   Therefore I have set My face like flint.  He Who vindicates Me is near.  Who is My accuser?  It is the Lord Who helps Me.  Who can condemn Me?  (Isaiah 50 Excerpts)

P: After the mightiest efforts of men to oppose and dethrone the Lord and His Anointed One have come to naught, the Psalmist reminds us Who really rules:
C: “I have set My King on Zion, My holy hill.   I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; Today I have become Your Father. I will make the nations Your inheritance, all the earth Your possession.  You will rule them with an iron scepter’… Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with reverence.” (Psalm 2)

TLH 162 : Ride on, Ride on, in Majesty Hymnary.org link

Sing: Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road
With palms and scatter’d garments strow’d.

P: After the disciples found the donkey exactly as their omniscient Master had said, the Holy Spirit records Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession:  Matthew 21: 4-9

TLH 162 : Ride on, Ride on, in Majesty Hymnary.org link

Sing:  Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin
O’er captive death and conquer’d sin.

Ride on! ride on in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wondering eyes
To see the approaching sacrifice.

P: As we begin this Holy Week, may our hearts in faith look beyond this day to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and Ascension, in fact to the day and place where our exalted King of Glory will rule through all eternity:
C: ” And being found in appearance as a Man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death – even death on a cross!  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knew should bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11)

P: All praise to our Palm Sunday King – Whose “Savior journey”, which we follow in faith, leads to life everlasting in His Kingdom:
C: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy.  All You have made will praise You, O Lord; Your saints extol You.  They speak of the glory to Your Kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.  The Lord is faithful to all His promises.”  (Psalm 145: 8-13)

TLH 162 : Ride on, Ride on, in Majesty Hymnary.org link

Sing:  Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strive is nigh;
The Father on His sapphire throne
Expects His own anointed Son.

Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God, Thy power and reign.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

TLH 361 : O Jesus, King Most Wonderful Hymnary.org link

The Sermon………………………………………Matthew 21:5

Behold! Your King Comes

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

TLH 339 v 1, 3, 5, & 7: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name Hymnary.org link

The Gifts for the work of the Kingdom

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lord’s Benediction

TLH 160 : All Glory Laud and Honor Hymnary.org link