Sunday, April 13, 2014

Psalm Sunday

All Glory, Laud, and Honor – Lutheran Service Book #442
John 12:12-15; Psalm 118:26; Psalm 24:7-9

All glory, laud, and honor
To You, Redeemer, King
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.
You are the King of Israel
And David’s royal Son,
Now in the Lord’s name coming,
Our King and Blessed One.

Jesus sent two disciples to bring Him a colt upon which He could ride into Jerusalem. This is probably the humblest animal available. To this day, we use “ass” or “Jackass” to heap scorn on people.  You may consider yourself an ass and thus feel unworthy of being a servant of Christ.

Even if you are an ass, Christ can use you. During the Medieval period, a young man with not too many brains was examined for the priesthood. His examiner was in despair and told him that he was so stupid that he was only half an ass. The candidate replied that if Samson could kill thousands with the jawbone of an ass, maybe God could do wonders with a whole ass. Though you may consider yourself of little value ponder these realities. You are needed (verse 31) and you can carry Jesus to others (verse 35).

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for Palm Sunday; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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