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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday

Sermon Text: Zechariah 9:9-12

"[9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. [10] I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. [11] As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. [12] Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double."

Sermon Theme: "Behold Your King"

Replacement Gospel Readings:

John 12:12-19

"[12] The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. [13] 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!’ [14] And 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!’ [16] 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. [17] 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. [18] The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. [19] So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.’"

Mark 15:6-20

"[6] Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. [7] And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. [8] And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. [9] And he answered them, saying, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ [10] For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. [11] But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. [12] And Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ [13] And they cried out again, ‘Crucify him.’ [14] And Pilate said to them, ‘Why? What evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him.’ [15] So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourge Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. [16] And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. [17] And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. [18] And they began to salute him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ [19] And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. [20] And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him."

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