Hosanna!

The following is the opening paragraph to Sunday’s Palm Sunday sermon. A little sermon teaser for you 🙂

So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” [John 12:13]

“Save us now”, is the cry of the day. Hosanna! Blessed be Jesus, the Son of God. Blessed be Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Blessed be his name forever and ever. Amen. For Jesus comes at the will of our Holy God and Father. Jesus comes as King and Redeemer. Jesus comes to set his people free. Jesus comes to save…NOW. Hosanna! Jesus came to save miserable wretches and sinners such as you and me. He came to free those who can not free themselves. Jesus came as Messiah, not to give us our “best life now”, but to give us our best life later. Now, we live in hope; being at peace with God. Blessed be Jesus, the Son of God. Blessed be his name forever and ever…

The rest of the sermon (audio only) will be posted on my congregation’s website later.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

Christ the King

I am doing some sermon prep for this Sunday (Christ the King Sunday).  My question for you is this:

How do we speak to people about Jesus being “King” and “Lord” in a world where those two words/titles mean very little?

Our culture and context is radically different from that of Jesus’ day.  “King” and “Lord” meant something to people then.  Those titles conjured up images and definitions for them.  They understood their roles and meaning for their lives.  So how should we understand these today?

I am curious on your thoughts about this.

-edh-