The Humble King | Sermon for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Humble King | Sermon for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Worship Service for the Triumphal Entry of Our Lord

Rev. Gregory Mech | Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE – Joplin, MO | Today’s Sermon: “The Humble King”

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The Humble King, Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Sermon by Rev. Gregory Mech. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin, Missouri. Palm Sunday.

“It is not my intention to ever pray in the name of a dead man. Every time I pray and close my prayer ‘In the name of Jesus Christ,’ I pray in the name of my risen Lord.”

from Today’s Sermon with Pastor Mech entitled, “The Humble King”


“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” LSB 443

1 Hosanna, loud hosanna,
The little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple
The lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them,
Close folded to His breast,
The children sang their praises,
The simplest and the best.

2 From Olivet they followed
Mid an exultant crowd,
The victor palm branch waving
And chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven
Rode on in lowly state
Nor scorned that little children
Should on His bidding wait.

3 “Hosanna in the highest!”
That ancient song we sing;
For Christ is our Redeemer,
The Lord of heav’n our King.
Oh, may we ever praise Him
With heart and life and voice
And in His blissful presence
Eternally rejoice!

Psalm 118:19-29

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us.

Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

John 12:12-19

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 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!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
“Fear not, daughter of Zion;behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
His 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. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”


This is the day the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
The name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Joel 2:13
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me,
Let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”
Matthew 16:24
[Christ] was wounded for our transgressions.
He was bruised for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
The name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Kid’s Talk

Readings from Holy Scripture

Philippians 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

John 12:20-43

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.  So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”
So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”
Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.  Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed

What is the Second Article?
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Father’s only Son, our Lord, who was
Conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

In so saying, what do you confess? What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.

And what has Jesus Christ, your God and Lord, done for you?
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil.

How was such purchase and redemption made?
Not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.

Why has Christ our Lord redeemed you?
That I might be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in ever-lasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness,
Even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
This is most certainly true.


“Lift High the Cross, the Love of Christ Proclaim” LSB 837, st. 1-4

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name.

1 Come, Christians, follow
where our Captain trod,
Our king victorious,
Christ, the Son of God.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name.

2 Led on their way
by this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God
in conqu’ring ranks combine.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name.

3 All newborn soldiers
of the Crucified
Bear on their brows
the seal of Him who died.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name.

4 O Lord, once lifted
on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised,
draw us all to Thee.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim Till all the world adore His sacred name.


“The Humble King” by Rev. Gregory Mech, Pastor

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Collect for Palm Sunday

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 be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

Collect for Monday in Holy Week

Almighty God, grant that in the midst of our failures and weaknesses we may be restored through the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

Collect for Wednesday in Holy Week

Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your own Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.


Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.


“Christ, the Life of All the Living” LSB 420, st. 1, 6, 7

1 Christ, the life of all the living,
Christ, the death of death, our foe,
Who, Thyself for me once giving
To the darkest depths of woe:
Through Thy suff’rings, death, and merit
I eternal life inherit.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

6 Thou hast suffered great affliction
And hast borne it patiently,
Even death by crucifixion,
Fully to atone for me;
Thou didst choose to be tormented
That my doom should be prevented.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

7 Then, for all that wrought my pardon,
For Thy sorrows deep and sore,
For Thine anguish in the Garden,
I will thank Thee evermore,
Thank Thee for Thy groaning, sighing,
For Thy bleeding and Thy dying,
For that last triumphant cry,
And shall praise Thee, Lord, on high.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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