Jesus is my Lord and Savior! Amen? Is that true for you? To call Jesus your Lord and Savior is to use some very common titles for Jesus. Other than the title of Christ, I don’t know of any more common titles that we use to describe Jesus. He is rightly called our Lord and Savior. These titles describe who he is and what he has done for us. He is our Lord – the king of kings; the God-man who is the ruler of the heavens and the earth. And he is our savior – the one who saved us from eternal damnation through his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus is indeed the Lord and Savior, and I hope that you too affirm this.
These are essentially the same titles that are given to Jesus here in our passage as well. And yet back then, just like today, people can utter these words without really understanding them. Today, calling Jesus your Lord and Savior can become cliché. We can utter those words in vain because we don’t really understand them and their importance. It’s very appropriate to confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but he wants us to really understand and mean that confession. The same is true with this Palm Sunday passage. All sorts of people were there making these praises over Jesus. But did they really understand what they meant? Scripture shows that for the most part they did not.
And yet Jesus had a plan.
Passage: Mark 11:1-11
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 10/19/2008 in Novato, CA.