04142019 Palm Sunday Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

“All Glory, Laud and Honor”

04142019 Palm Sunday Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

April 14, 2019
“All Glory, Laud and Honor”
Sermon Audio

Jesus has arrived!  He’s in Jerusalem! When we sang, “All Glory, Laud and Honor” it is from ‘the lips of children’ that our ‘sweet hosannas ring’.  For as we lifted our palm branches today as we entered, we claim Jesus Christ as ‘You are the king of Israel and David’s royal Son’.  Our King, our ‘Blessed One’ ‘now in the Lord’s name’ comes into Jerusalem with “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, ‘The company of angels is praising you on high’.  Jesus triumphant entry allows us to celebrate the fulfillment of prophecy and God’s plan of redemption for mankind from ‘creation’ through the plan of salvation for us and all of mankind.  So ‘all mortals in chorus make reply’ as we processed today into Emmanuel with palms lifted high with loud hosannas.   This is triumph for the coming fulfillment of the plan of salvation as our God and King enters Jerusalem as we sing, “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.

If one were in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday present day, many processions occur remembering and celebrating this event.  Theodulf Bishop of Orleans author of this hymn captures what ‘The multitude of pilgrims’ celebrated as Jesus entered Jerusalem.  Jesus was the central character of the events.  The pilgrims as they ‘with palms before you went; our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present’.  This is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament that would set things right and fulfill for all mankind the plan of salvation.  And we who gather today have been grafted into this promise, through our baptism into what Jesus Christ will fulfill as He enters Jerusalem and we remember today as we sing, “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.

Yet, we see triumph with, by and through our procession as we came into the church with palms uplifted.  But, that is not the end of the story. We moved quickly today from palms uplifted to as our fourth stanza says, ‘To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise’.  We heard and participated in the Passion Narrative.  We read this narrative, because without hearing what happens Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday, the truth of the empty tomb on the first day of the week will be lost.  This is why we sang, ‘To you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.’  So our understanding is that Jesus is exalted, but what it will truly cost our Savior can be heard, heeded and help us to understand the true depth and meaning of His sacrifice as we sang “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.

Finally, the last stanza as translated by John Neale and our tune by Melchior Teschner a cantor of the early 1600’s resonates what today, Palm Sunday is all about.  ‘Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring, great author of all goodness, O good and gracious King’.  Our hearts today are raised in unison to our King, not only in awareness, but joy as we raise our palms for the celebration of our King.  Jesus comes to us today and we not only acknowledge Him, but acclaim Him as King of our hearts and lives. Today He offers us freely for all of mankind the greatest gift of salvation.  Our celebration today is to remind and empower us to look not to ourselves, but to our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ Who offers us eternal life as we remember the true gift He gives us that we sang giving Him, “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.  AMEN.