This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day we remember our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as prophesied in accordance with the Scriptures. So with the Lord’s followers we cry,Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Or, as it is put in Psalm 118:26, Save us, we pray, O LORD! Yet, despite the palms and branches that made a path for our Lord Jesus Christ to enter the holy city, we know that the triumphal entry would ultimately end in the Lord’s sacrificial death for our sins. Knowing that this Lord’s Day leads to our Good Shepherd laying down his life for his flock, and of his glorious resurrection, we can say with the words that close Psalm 118:28-29, You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! As we enter into what is called the Holy Week, we are among those who found salvation and can truly bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord, for in coming, he has secured our salvation by his blood and indestructible life.
In the prayer service, we will begin the hour singing, “Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus.” Before praying, we will consider another verse from Psalm 119.
The sermon this Sunday returns to 1 Corinthians 15:11-19 and considers the last three consequences of denying the resurrection of the dead. More specifically, we see that if you deny the resurrection, you deny Christ’s resurrection, and, as a consequence, we are not justified by Christ’s grace through faith, the Christian dead have perished, and Christian suffering and difficulty is meaningless. In sum, we are not saved if Christ is not raised. This is why the gospel necessarily includes the message that Jesus Christ was raised on the third day, a truth that absolutely essential to our faith. Jesus Christ is alive: what will you do with vital historical reality?
Call to Worship: Psalm 118:28-29
Hymn 107 [Blue] Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Congregational Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12, 16-17
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] Ride On! Ride On in Majesty The truth of Christ’s triumphal entry as prophesied in Zechariah 9 is that the great King of Israel enters Jerusalem in humility, riding on a donkey colt. This points to the suffering that awaits this suffering servant, the son of David. Yet there is hope in this king, as Zechariah 9 goes on to explain. Henry Hart Milman’s hymn expresses this reality well: “Ride on! Ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die; O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.”
Hymn 326 [Red] Rejoice–the Lord is King!
Scripture Reading: Job 22 & Mark 6:1-29
Hymn 268 [Red] All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Sermon: If the Dead are Not Raised, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 15:11-19
Hymn 332 [Blue] My Jesus, I Love Thee
In Sunday School, I will push to close my material on the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards.