Sermons

Enter the King

Sun, Mar 25, 2018
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And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” - Matthew 21:9–11 (ESV) Our world and the Biblical world are separated by time, geography, and culture. It's hard for us to read our Bibles and understand them sometimes because of the distance. We have tried at times to bridge that gap with flannel graphs, pictures, and movies, but to be honest often those obscure more than they clarify. This distance from the Biblical world comes into focus when we think about leaders and governments. Democracy has ruined us. We choose our leaders, but we set limits on their power. We remove those we don't like for better options. Even today in other places, that isn't the case. In other places your position is in your birthright. Power is clustered in families. At the death of a monarch another is crowned, but is that the worst thing? This week we look at the events of Palm Sunday. To set these in context we will see God's purpose and plans and man's failure throughout the ages. I'd encourage you to read through Matthew 21:1-11 to set the stage for the events we will talk about. We have the privilege to have Maggie Lovell, a professional harpist and Bruce & Pamela Grove's daughter with us. (She will be playing a recital @ Hope in April) Maggie will be playing several pieces and playing with our team. Plan to be there (even a little early!)
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