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Here Comes the King

John 12:12-19

Rev. John F. Wurst

Palm Sunday
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

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Sun, Mar 24, 2013 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

John 12:12-19

Palm Sunday


In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Father has a Son who sits on the throne reigning over the kingdom. The King creates for Himself a world and populates it with children. The first son was named Adam.

Adam was given to care for a very special place in this world called Eden. Eden was the most beautiful land, full of every creature and fruit needed to sustain the people. Adam was given the best helper a man could ever ask for which the King Himself provided.

One day, Adam, along with his beautiful wife, came into the midst of the Garden and heard the quiet whispers of one of the creatures. "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" The man and the woman were intrigued by the question of the serpent. After some consideration, they took matters into their own hands and ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. With their disobedience against the King's orders, Adam and his wife brought sin and death into the world.

The King was angry. He loved the children. After examining the situation, the King hands down His judgment against the serpent, the woman, and finally Adam. With the judgments recorded, the King pronounces that He Himself will save them from the tragedy and destruction wrought from their disobedience.

Nearly 4,000 years passed by before the Father sent His Son to save His world from destruction. The King came into the world in lowly humiliation. The King came to proclaim the message of salvation He promised to Adam long ago. He came to save the world, not from the tyranny of the world's super powers but from sin, death, and the power of the devil, the deceiver, the master of lies and deceit.

The first Adam failed the tests of the serpent. He gave in to temptation. He later lied about it. He even accused the King of being the problem for his disobedience. The King now comes to undo everything caused by the first Adam. He comes into the holy city to obey the Word of the Father who sent Him.

This Second Adam, the King Himself, rides into the holy city, a religious garden where God meets His people to forgive their sins. In this garden, the people gather and offer their gifts to God. Now, God rides into the garden. He comes in humility on the back of a donkey. The people hail Him as the King because they believe He is here to save them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire.

The people were misguided, lost, and deceived once again. The King returned to this special garden to tell His children about the new kingdom He was setting up. He comes to tell them about their Savior He promised long ago. He even does signs to prove He was the One sent to save them. These signs the children learned would come to pass from the teachings of the prophets. However, the people were blinded by their sins.

At the end of the week, the King is taken prisoner. He is dragged off like a common criminal into the palace of the Governor, Pontus Pilate. The Governor examined the King and could find no fault in the Man. The children were so blind that they oppressed the King with their lies, blasphemy, and cries for crucifixion.

The people, the very children of the King, forsook all the teaching of the King just like their first father, Adam, did back in Eden. The Governor had a choice. He could have set the King free but e succumbed to fear. He washes his hands of the whole situation.

The people, with assistance of the soldiers, drive the King out of the garden. The King goes with the Tree of Life strapped to His back. He goes out to restore what the first Adam destroyed. By eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam brought sin and death into the world. Now, the King is going to go and die to destroy the destroyer. He goes out to sacrifice Himself for His children to redeem them from death.

The King knows He cannot buy the children's freedom with gold or silver. He knows that there is no amount of goods or favors He can do to appease His Father for the sins of the people. Salvation was ordered by the Father to include the Blood of sacrifice and the death of a Lamb without blemish.

The King is that Lamb provided by the Father for the salvation of the world. He climbs the mountain appointed by His Father to die on the altar. He carries the wood. The Father provides the fire. He goes uncomplaining forth. He goes in silence. He utters not a word. He goes as commanded.

His hands and feet are nailed to the Tree of Life. When He dies, the soldier thrusts a spear into His side to make sure He is dead. The fruit of the Tree bursts forth to cover the people. His Blood and water flow to the four corners of the earth. Some believe all the King has taught them; others reject Him. Some, like you, are covered by the Blood of this Lamb, this King, this Savior, Lord, and God.

The King makes full payment for the sins of the world. He takes a rest from His work in a virgin tomb. Three days later, the King burst forth from the earth alive and well. Death could not hold Him in the grave. Sin is destroyed. The old evil foe from the first garden in Eden is now crushed and destroyed. He cannot harm you none.

The King lives! He lives on high never again to die. He continues to take care of you, His children, by the same mercy with which He created you. He feeds you with the Bread of Life, that is, His own Body and Blood for the forgiveness of your sins. He does this because it is the eternal manna which your needs to survive. The King gives you life today because He loves you. His love will never fail you.

Let your voices shout with joy. Hail your King. He lives this day in majesty alongside the Father in glory. He lives today preparing a place for you to live when He calls you to join Him in the everlasting kingdom.

You cry Hosanna to the King. The King answers your prayer, "It is finished!" All things are complete. Your sins are forgiven.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.


(C) Rev. John F. Wurst

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