May 31, 2015
John 3:1-17
Romans 8:12-17
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29

Temptation Of The Palms

Passion Sunday

from the book
Sermons On The Second Reading
Series I, Cycle A


Richard W. Ferris



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A couple of years ago a popular slang expression came out that said: "Give it up." To show you that like someone who is being introduced or a piece of music that's about to be played, the person making the introduction will indubitably instruct you to "Give it up for...." And you applaud. You scream and yell and jump up and down. You do whatever it takes to show that you really are excited to see this person or hear this particular song. Go ahead; give it up.

If that phrase was around a couple of thousand years ago in Jerusalem, someone might well have instructed the crowd to "give it up for Jesus" as he rode into town on the back of that donkey. Along with waving palm branches and throwing down garments, the hosannas and alleluias of the assembled admirers could definitely have been construed as ...

This Passion Sunday sermon, Temptation Of The Palms, is based on Philippians 2:5-11 and relates to Passion Sunday of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second Reading . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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