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When Jesus Was Glorified

John 12:12-19

Rev. Kurt Hering

Palmarum & Passion Sunday
Trinity Lutheran Church  
Layton, Utah

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Sun, Apr 13, 2014 

Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.

Martin Luther writes: "The Jews were not saved through the Old Testament, for it was not given to them to make them pious; it was given to foreshadow for them the Christ who was to come." -- Luther's Works, AE 30:19, The Catholic Epistles, 1 Peter 1:10-12

Neither do we observe the penitential season of Lent and celebrate the days of Holy Week, or any of the other holy days during the church year, (or even Sundays as the Lord’s Day) with all the associated colors and customs, to make us pious, i.e., holy.

It’s not the days, or the colors, or the customs, or anything that we *do.* There is only one way to be made pious, i.e. holy and worthy to live in the presence of God now and forever. That is to be made one with Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God—the fulfillment of all Scripture, the Messiah of God, and "your king [who] is coming to you; righteous and having salvation."

To hear the entire sermon preached for Palmarum, "When Jesus Was Glorified," click on the MP3 audio link provided above.

The audio begins with the Old Testament Reading, Zechariah 9:9-12. The sermon begins at the 24:45 point of the mp3 file.

A servant of the Word and His folk,

Pastor Hering

For those of you who prefer to read or read along while listening, the preaching manuscript follows below.

Nota bene: Sermons are meant to be heard. Some points from the manuscript are explained and filled out during the preaching, so you will need to listen to the audio file to get the full message.

TEXT: 12The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was

coming to Jerusalem. 13So 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!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15“Fear not, daughter of Zion;

behold, your king is coming,

sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

16His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. John 12:12-16

Dearly beloved of God,

“Forewarned is forearmed.” The saying goes back at least to the 15th century.

• He that is warned afore is noght bygiled. [c 1425 J. Arderne Treatises of Fistula (EETS) 22]

• Once warnd, half armd folk say.

[c 1530 J. Redford Wit & Science l. 1093]

Proverbs 1:7 -- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 15:5 -- A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Edmund Burke said: "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."

But for some reason such advise always seems to be for the other guy—for the less enlightened.

In the case of the disciples it was not just a matter of knowing history, but the future as well.

Of the history in the form of the Scriptures of the OT, Martin Luther writes:

“… it is the purpose of all Scripture to tear us away from our works and to bring us to faith. And it is necessary for us to study Scripture well in order to become certain of faith. Thus St. Paul also leads us into Scripture when he says in Rom. 1:2 that God promised the Gospel ‘beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.’ And in Rom. 3:21 he says that the Law and the prophets bear witness to the faith through which one is justified.

In Acts 17:2 ff. we read that Paul preached the faith to the Thessalonians, led them into Scripture, and expounded it to them, and that they returned to Scripture every day and searched to see whether his teachings were in agreement with it (v. 11). Therefore we must do the same thing. We must go back to the Old Testament and learn to prove the New Testament from the Old. There we shall see the promise concerning Christ, as Christ Himself declares in John 5:39: ‘You search the Scriptures … and it is they that bear witness to Me.’ Likewise (v. 46): ‘If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.’

Therefore we must ignore the good-for-nothing babblers who despise the Old Testament and say that it is no longer necessary;8 for we must derive from it alone the basis of our faith. For God sent the prophets to the Jews to bear witness to the Christ who was to come.” -- Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, AE 30:18, The Catholic Epistles,

1 Peter 1:10-12

16His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

They have now passed these things along to us. As John goes on to write in 20:30-31: Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

So, like the disciples, now when Jesus [is still] glorified, [we] remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

This is why He gathers us in His Church, and why He gather us together in congregations—to hear His Word that we might believe and have life.

Colossians 2:16-17: 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

"... the difference between the Old and the New Testament, as we have just stated, is this, that the former pointed to Christ, while the New Testament now gives us what was promised and prefigured in the Old Testament. Therefore the figures are now done away with, for they have served their purpose and have accomplished and fulfilled all that they promised. Henceforth no distinction is to be made of food, clothing, place, and time. Everything is the same in Christ, to whom all was directed. The Jews were not saved through the Old Testament, for it was not given to them to make them pious; it was given to foreshadow for them the Christ who was to come." -- Martin Luther

Luther's Works, AE 30:19, The Catholic Epistles, 1 Peter 1:10-12

Neither do we observe the penitential season of Lent and celebrate the days of Holy Week, or any of the other holy days during the church year, (or even Sundays as the Lord’s Day) with all the associated colors and customs, to make us pious, i.e., holy.

It’s not the days, or the colors, or the customs, or anything that we *do.* There is only one way to be made pious, i.e. holy and worthy to live in the presence of God now and forever. That is to be made one with Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God—the fulfillment of all Scripture, the Messiah of God, and your king [who] is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he.

Yet He came, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey, for you and for all sinners. when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

The unbelieving world, like the Jews, disdain these humble things in favor of a glory that is no glory at all—a glory that passes away.

But for those who believe it is eternal life and a share in His glory—now in the humble things —water, preachers and teachers, bread and wine, our neighbors, you and me, sinners all--to which He attaches His Word of Christ and Him crucified and by which He brings forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.



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