The Blessing from Hearing – Palm Sunday Sermon – By Father Andrew Bahhi
Today, we celebrate the entering of our Savior Jesus Christ to Jerusalem. We call this Sunday “Palm Sunday.” This Sunday where the little children and unknown people rejoiced and praised the king of kings. And what the Lord is doing today is coming here to our church, our life, our houses – is there anybody ready to worship him, praise him, to call to him “Hosanna, in the highest”? Yes!
Hosanna is a Syriac word meaning, “Oh Lord, safe.”
I pray that we can all be like the little children who rejoiced at His coming.
When the Lord Savior Jesus Chris entered the great city, Jerusalem, in the book of John, there is a verse that caught my attention. In John 12:12, it says “the next day, a great multitude had come to the feast.” While I read it, nothing came to my mind except YOU.
As happy as I am this year, my heart is broken as I remember last year on this day. The churches were empty – maybe a few clergy some deacons who celebrated last year. And now I think of how blessed we are this year to be able to come to His house and to worship Him, thank Him and enjoy like the little children who cried out “Oh Lord, save us!” Save us from what happened, from what is coming, and save us from the sin. And let us be true children.
Today we hear Jesus who says, “every 2 or 3 people who gather in my name, I will be in their midst.” So, we believe He is here! And you know Jesus Christ.
How similar are these days, and how blessed we could be in these days if you are going to follow what really happened in the Bible?
Do you believe Jesus is with us now?
Like the Angel told Joseph when Mary was pregnant, “you will call Him Emmanuel” – which is again a Syriac word which means “God is with us.”
In the first verses of the book Revelation, it says blessed are those who read and hear of this prophecy. And they keep those things that are written in it for the time is near.
Hearing is only half of the truth. We must also apply. If we do know, and we don’t apply, that is very bad.
In Luke, it says “More than that, blessed are those that hear the word of God and keep it.” – with this very beautiful and blessed feast of Palm Sunday, you must not only hear but you have to keep in your heart. You have to apply what you hear and know about Jesus Christ.
John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.”
The virtue of hearing means to have a blessed, good and pure ear. When you hear of the feast of Palm Sunday, you keep it in your mind. Paul, in Romans 10, says faith comes by hearing. And hearing by the word of God.
That’s why listening is very important. This is the blessing of hearing. It allows us to have faith in Jesus Christ so we can be saved and go to the eternal life.
We today, do we hear and listen? Can we hear him among us? If yes, how are you going to respond?
He did this to save you and save me.
If you speak like those kids, “Lord, save us.” If you say it from all your heart because you heard and believe him, he will save you and deliver you.
For now, our salvation is near. We should wake up, believe, and hear his voice.
If you hear the voice of God today calling you for repentance, please cry out “Hosanna, save me. Save me from distress. Save me from the hard times. Help me to be your true child.”
Learn more from Father Andrew’s Palm Sunday sermon here.
June 19, 2022
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