SERMON SUMMARY: “This is it! If I acquire this degree, win this person’s love, get the desired promotion, or accepted into the right program, all will be well and my troubles will be over.” We are a people quick to worship what we think will save us. Come this Sunday to hear what the gospel of Mark says about the king we can trust.
Trust a crowd to look at the wrong end of a miracle every time.
—Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday
How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. How long? Not long, because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, to Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.[b]
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
CONFESSION OF SIN:
Almighty God, you have appointed Jesus King and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him or acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have failed to worship him and instead worshiped what we thought could save us.
Forgive us from our from sin,
that we may be your faithful people,
Following our faithful King Jesus,
who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Amen.