Sunday April 5th 2020

Call to worship – Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;

my heart exults,

and with my song I give thanks to him.


Hymn – All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name

1: All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

Let angels prostrate fall.

Bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all.

Bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all!.

2: O seed of Israel’s chosen race

now ransomed from the fall,

hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all.

Hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all!

3: Let every tongue and every tribe

responsive to his call,

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all.

To him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all!

4: Oh, that with all the sacred throng

we at his feet may fall!

We’ll join the everlasting song

and crown him Lord of all.

We’ll join the everlasting song

and crown him Lord of all.

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 25

Q: How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?

A: Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice,(1) and reconcile us to God,(2) and in making continual intercession for us.(3)


(1) Heb. 9:14, 28.
(2) Heb. 2:17.
(3) Heb. 7:24-25.


Lord Prayer –

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. – Amen

Hymn – Jesus Paid it all

1.      Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now am found

T’was blind but now I see

2.       Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed!

3.       The Lord hath promised good to me,

His word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

4.      When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.


Sunday Scripture Luke 19:28-40


“And the crowds…were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (v. 9).

Matthew 21:1–11

Until the last week of His life, Jesus warned people not to disclose His identity (Matt. 8:1–4; 9:27–31; 16:20). Any talk of His being a king would have aroused Rome’s ire and put His life at risk before the appropriate time. The emperor did not look kindly on potential rivals and would move quickly to crush any threat to his power. Jesus’ approach to establishing His kingdom, however, was radically different than the many others who tried to overthrow Rome.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Jesus orders two disciples to retrieve a donkey and her young colt (Matt. 21:1–3) from a nearby village (Bethany, see John 12:1–15). The colt will be His mount (Matt. 21:7) and has never been ridden before (Mark 11:1–2). This is probably why our Savior asks also for the mother; when a donkey was broken in for human use in first-century Palestine, the animal’s mother was kept close by. The mother donkey would also be a comfort to the colt as He carries Christ through the enormous crowds into the city. Jesus is going up to Jerusalem during Passover week when Jewish pilgrims from around the world increase the city’s population six-fold.

Our Lord directs these actions to reveal Himself to the people, since the sight of a son of David riding upon a donkey into Jerusalem has undeniable messianic overtones. David revealed that Solomon would replace him as king of Israel by having him ride upon his own mule (1 Kings 1:28–40). Around two hundred years before Jesus came to Jerusalem, Simon Maccabeus, one of the rulers of Israel, entered the city upon a donkey with great fanfare.

Although Jesus designs this event to show Himself the promised King of kings, He does not come to Jerusalem as a conquering king. In fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, the Messiah enters the city as a humble king on a donkey, not a triumphant warrior on a horse. Indeed, this victorious arrival will come (Rev. 19:11–16), but not until His return to renew the heavens and earth.

While the people greet Him by saying “Hosanna!” or “Save us!” (Matt. 21:8–11), most of them do not want the kingdom He offers. This acclaim will not last long; soon it will be replaced by demands for His death (27:15–26).

Coram Deo

Matthew Henry comments on the laying of palm branches and clothing upon Jesus’ path, saying, “Those who take Christ for their King must lay their all under his feet.” This crowd, in the end, did not want Jesus to rule over them in the way He designed, hence their praises were hollow. Sometimes we act the same way, holding onto sin or not sacrificing for the kingdom even while praising Jesus with our mouths. What must you lay at our Lord’s feet this day?



  1. Entry of a priest – He was coming to intercede for the people



  1. Entry of a sacrifice – He was coming as a sacrifice with every other sacrifice for Passover.



  1. Entry of a King – He was coming not as an earthly King, but as a humble King having salvation for his people



  1. Entry of a Savior – (Isaiah 19:20) It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them