Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them
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[Note- As I was reviewing this video- I usually pick a verse or story that relates to what I spoke on. I shared an ‘off the cuff’ [unplanned] story about a boy raised from the dead in Kingsville many years ago- so that’s why you see this verse at the top- when the kingdom is present you see the poor having the word preached to them- and you see the dead raised]
.Taught outside of the Cathedral downtown- and you see a Bethlehem christian at the start of the video
.Objective- Relative truth
.Bluff stories- Kingsville too
.The king riding a donkey
.The Palm branches
This Sunday I went to the Catholic Cathedral for Palm Sunday- though I actually never made it in to the Mass.
Instead I taught from outside while the service was going on.
I stopped out front and spoke to the Christians from Bethlehem- they come every year to sell some of the beautiful Christian art to support Christians living in that part of the world.
A few years ago I spoke with some of them on video as well [ https://youtu.be/3QiH9JSXn90 Here’s the video from 2105- also taken in front of the Cathedral]
So I simply taught today from the Mass verses that I reviewed a day or so earlier.
The theme was the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem- how he came ‘lowly- riding upon a donkey’-
Mark 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
Mark 11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
The 2 gospel readings- from Mark and John- spoke of this occasion [verses below].
John’s gospel tells us that Jesus fulfilled prophecy when he did this-
John 12:14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
The words of Zechariah himself-
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The passage from Philippians spoke of the humility of Christ-
Philipians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philipians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Philipians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Philipians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philipians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philipians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philipians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus truly came as the king- in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old testament- yet he came in a way that the people were not expecting.
The riding on the donkey was a sign of the humility of Christ- the Philippians passage shows us that Jesus has a name above every name- because he humbled himself and was obedient- even to die on the cross.
The reading from Isaiah shows us the same-
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
I’ll add my past teachings below on these various portions of scripture- but for this day we- as believers from all walks of life- from many different church backgrounds- we unite to celebrate the king-
The king who humbled himself- and in so doing- has the name above every other name.
Hosanna in the highest-
Amen [Some sites see here https://ccoutreach87.blogspot.com/2022/10/sunday-sermon-text_9.html ]