Biblical Inspiration 1 ~ HOSANNA TO THE KING ~ THE KISS ~ Matthew 26:47–56 ~ The Moody Church

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Biblical Inspiration 1 ~ HOSANNA TO THE KING ~ THE KISS ~ Matthew 26:47–56 ~ The Moody Church



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March 24, 2013


The Moody Church Chicago

A Prayer for Holiness ~ ''Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy...'"

Speaker: Dr. Michael Rydelnik
Message: “Messiah in the Passover”
Time: 07:00 p.m. CDT
            08:00 p.m. EST
Palm Sunday 
Message: THE KISS
Matthew 26:47–56
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

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Click Image: Tel Megiddo. Megiddo, Palm


Prelude Dr. Paul Satre, organ
“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (arr. John Innes)

Welcome Mary Whelchel
Invocation Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Prayer Josephine Jones
“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” Hymnal 297

Click Image: Christs Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin 1842

Scripture Reading Hudson Tikoo and Adonai Zora-AwniMatthew 21:1–9a (ESV)

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast
of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting,

Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Sing to the King”
“Come, Now Is the Time to Worship”

Click Image: The Little Children and Jesus.

Scripture Reading Rachel Smith and Hannah Wieringa
Mark 10:13–16 (NIV)

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.

He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Anthem Children’s Chorus; Eyoel Yirgu, soloist

Let the little children come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus taught by the shore of Galilee; His words had wisdom – they told of things to be,
But He stopped to hear what the children had to say, He touched them and started to pray… 

Jesus told the disciples who were there, 
“Please don’t discourage the children who come here.”
And He stopped to hear what the children had to say, He touched them and started to pray…

(Gerald H. Edmonds)

Palm. The Triumphal Entry

Anthem Children’s Chorus

I’ve got good news, my Lord! 
I got a crown up in that kingdom, ain’t that good news? … 
I got a robe up in that kingdom, ain’t that good news? …
I got a Savior in that kingdom, ain’t that good news? …
I’m gonna lay down this world, gonna shoulder-up my cross, gonna take it home to my Jesus – 
Ain’t that good news?
(African-American Spiritual, arr. Mark Patterson)

Jesus Loves Me”
 Hymnal 185
Lesson to Children Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Offertory “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (arr. Pierre La Plante)

Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Matthew 26:47–56
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Song of Response
Benediction Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Postlude “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (arr. David Cherwien)



Sermon Notes

March 24, 2013 

Click Image: The Kiss of Judas. Giotto di Bondone Fresco, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy



Matthew 26:47–56

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer


Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem among His supporters but was not welcome in the hearts of many—including one man from within His own inner circle. “The Kiss of Judas” brings together the themes of divine sovereignty, human nature and God’s plan of redemption.


The “Kiss of Judas” could be described with these characteristics:

1. The Kiss of Hypocrisy

2. The Kiss of Betrayal

3. The Kiss of Death

Transforming lessons:





Matthew 26:47–56 ESV

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Matthew 27:1-10 ESV

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

27 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. 8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.” 

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Be Thou My Vision 

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Ancient Irish poem, ca. 8th cent.

Tr. by Mary E. Byrne 1905, Versified by Eleanor H. Hull 1912

Traditional Irish melody

Arr. by David Evans, 1927

Hymn Tune: SLANE

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Be Thou My Vision

King's  College Choir

Pastor to People

March 24, 2013


I want to thank each of you who prayed for us during our tour of Israel. Yes, we walked where Jesus walked, crossed Galilee in a boat, and prayed in Gethsemane. God was with us as we were reminded that the Bible is rooted in the soil of history. We hold in our hands a trustworthy book, which is indeed “The Word of God.”

Of course our attention now turns to Holy Week. Later this week we will commemorate Good Friday with a demonstration of the Seder, preparing our hearts for Resurrection Sunday. We hope you’ll be with us for next Sunday’s special celebratory service with the Sanctuary Choir and Festival Orchestra, culminating with a message on God’s gracious gift of salvation.

During these troubled times we must form strong bonds with one another; we must remember that we “do life together” by forming communities that reach out beyond our walls to the world. What better time to renew our commitment to Christ than during a week in which we celebrate both His humiliation and His triumph?

All for the King,
Pastor Lutzer

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