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Blessed is He

Blessed is He
John 12:12-19
March 25, 2018

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

You can’t be in 2 places at the same time, needless to says, three places at one time won’t happen either. But today, the church does celebrate three things at the same time. Most popular today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus enters into Jerusalem right before His crucifixion. It was a major festival for people would be crowded into Jerusalem, for the passover. But the raising of Lazareth, brought a lot of excitement and as Jesus enters with shouts of Hosanna (Save us Now), the Coronation of the Messiah from

Psalm 118:25–26 (ESV) 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.

The church also celebrates this day as Passion Sunday. Where the focus is upon the events of Jesus right before His death on the cross, so that we are prepared for next Sunday to celebrate Easter. If you don’t have the passion, you can’t have Easter. Whereas Easter we see, we have witnesses, to what really happened on Good Friday. So picking up on the people’s Words, this is Hosanna, this is how Jesus is going to Save us Now. But the people don’t know and will not know until Easter, then the message can begin to go out.

The third point that is celebrated today, that just happens to coincide with Palm Sunday is March 25th the Annunciation of our Lord, when the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary the conception of our Savior Jesus Christ. Why March 25th, well it is nine month before Christmas. There was an old tradition expectation that people would die on the date of their conception. March 25th is a possible date for the passover, a possible date for the crucifiction. If you remember Easter of 2016, just a couple of years ago was on March 27th, so the Good Friday was March 25th. We don’t know if that is exactly the way it happened, but it is an interesting parallel. But there is another connection. When the Angel announces to Mary the name of the baby, Jesus.

What means as Matthew 1:21 (ESV) 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus Saves, just was Hosanna implies, Save us Lord. Hosanna and the name of Jesus, well connected, to be fulfilled is a few days later on Good Friday.

For this is the purpose of Jesus taking on flesh and blood, to go to the cross. What a Beautiful connection

But there is still more to this connection. Because on Good Friday Jesus is rejected by the crowd. You may remember that Pilate wanted to release Jesus and asked the crowd if they wanted Jesus released for the passover, but the people wanted Barasabus, instead of Jesus and they wanted Jesus Crucified.

Jesus was rejected. And here is the connection. Remember the Psalm 118 which was quoted on Jesus Entry into Jerusalem.

Permit me to back up three verses, just three: (yes I love the Old Testament)

Psalm 118:22–26 (ESV) 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 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. (beautiful Good Friday or Passion Sunday and then )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.

If only the people would have backup three verses, they would been able to predict the Good Friday event.

Now our connection to this three events:

John 12:13 (ESV) 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Blessed is He referred to the one who saves bearing the name of the Lord.

This also applies to you, as you bear the name of the Lord through Holy Baptism and at the end of our service as God’s name is placed upon you and you are blessed.

Numbers 6:22–27 (ESV) 22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, 24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

The Old Testament priests were instructed to say this: This is how God puts His name name upon us and blesses us. This is how we are blessed. How we are given success, not as the world defines it with money power and fame, but with forgiveness, reconnection to God, a restoration to paradise.

Psalm 118:25–26 (ESV) 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.

He does give us success and we will see that success next Sunday. Until that time we remember the palm branch waving, we remember and receive again the blessing God gave to Arron to place upon the people, because we need a savior we need a deliver, we need Jesus and Jesus comes into this world as Mary was told for He will be names Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

March 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Posted in God's Name, Sermons