March 25 2018 - Palm Sunday  

The Point of this Week’s Readings

Christ is going to enter this world and greatly change things. There will be varying responses to Christ’s work, but make no mistake all the world will ultimately acknowledge and “confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11).

The Psalm (118:19-29) is an open and unashamed acknowledgement of Christ’s work of salvation. It becomes a litany of praise and thanksgiving. In the middle of these verses it is obvious that the religious leaders will not accept Christ’s work. Their rejection will become a stumbling block for them. But, His work will be a cornerstone of Christ’s followers.

The Old Testament (Zechariah 9:9-12) pictures Christ entering Jerusalem on Psalm Sunday. In His gentle humbleness Christ seeks to restore all of Israel to the united nation it was before the split. All of the hurts and pains that have been suffered from being exiled are now to be healed and made twice as good.

The Epistle (Philippians 2:5-11) points to Christ coming in great humility. Jesus did not forcibly hold on to His rightful god-hood but gave it up for our salvation. But the Father does not forget Jesus but exalts Him above every name. There is also the implication that some would not accept that manner of salvation work. They, however much to their chagrin, will most certainly one day bow before the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel (John 12:20-43) responds to the Greeks seeking to see Jesus. This leads to Jesus’ teaching all who were present about His upcoming death. Jesus’ teaching is very plain and straight forward. The Father confirms Jesus through what some thought was thunder. Though Jesus had done many miraculous things for all to see, the Jewish leaders refuse to believe in Him. This, too, confirms the prophecy Isaiah had made in Isaiah 53:1.

For more in-depth commentary on each reading, read the notes found in the Sermon Notes section of this web site.