“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee.” – Zechariah 9:9

Readings

Zechariah 9 · Matthew 21:1-14 · Psalm 146

Sermon

These words of the prophet Zechariah were literally fulfilled when the Lord entered Jerusalem at the beginning of His last week upon earth. Palm Sunday was first celebrated in the early history of the Christian Church, and became increasingly popular, being celebrated by processions intended to dramatize the triumphal entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.

Because of the part that children played in praising the Lord with songs at His entry and in the temple, as recorded in the Gospels, Palm Sunday has come to be regarded as a specially fitting time for the introduction of children into the Church.

Certainly it is one of the duties of the Church to see that its children and young people are instructed in the teachings of the Church. For these teachings were revealed by the Lord that men and women might know them and direct their thoughts and their life according to them. The teachings of the Church of the New Jerusalem are the fundamental principles of human thought and life, without which it is impossible for anyone to live a truly sane and rational life. The first essential of all sound thought is a true idea of God. It may be a very simple idea, but it must be true; otherwise the basic falsity will infect all the lower ideas and planes of thought. Likewise there should be a true idea of the Word of God, a recognition of the fact that it is holy, and that it is the Divine wisdom for angels and men. And children should be taught the necessity of obedience to their Heavenly Father, and that all people should obey Him throughout eternity.

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“Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” – Matthew 21:9

Readings

Isaiah 62 · Matthew 21:1-16 · Psalm 33

Sermon

Today is known as Palm Sunday and is celebrated throughout the Christian world in commemoration of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of his ministry on earth.

Jerusalem was situated in the middle of the Holy Land. Within its walls were the tops of two mountains, Mount Zion and Mount Moriah. Mount Zion was the higher of the two and represents the abiding place of the Lord’s love, and Mount Moriah, on which the temple was built, represents the affection for the Divine wisdom, or the Lord’s truth. So of Jerusalem it is written: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

This prophecy was fulfilled when the Lord entered Jerusalem. He was welcomed by the multitudes as the Scriptures had promised. “A very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.”

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“Behold, thy king cometh unto thee,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, thy king cometh unto thee.” – Matthew 21:5

Readings

Zechariah 9:9-17 · Matthew 21:1-16 · Psalm 30

Sermon

Today is celebrated throughout the Christian world as Palm Sunday in commemoration of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of His ministry on earth.

Our text is a simply worded statement to describe a very momentous occasion. And it is directed to everyone. “Behold, thy king cometh unto thee.” In their literal context these words seem to be directed to the city of Jerusalem, the central and largest city of the Holy Land, in which were people of every age and occupation, every way of life, every way of thought and belief, every kind of man, woman, and child, of every social status. But the announcement is so worded that it speaks directly to each individual member of that complex community.

As one stands on the shore of the sea or of a lake and looks toward the sun, a band of light reaches out from the sun over the water and forms a pathway to one’s feet. It is a band of brilliant light coming directly to you. There are others on that shore, each with his own band of light. You cannot see his; he cannot see yours. This band of light is your personal contact with the light in the sky; it is a symbol of that light which comes directly from the King of light to you. The more we know of the world the more will we realize that there are many things in it which speak directly to us in His name.

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