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Jesus came and stood before them. 'Peace be with you,' He said ... At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced
John 20:19-23

Sermon Topic Rejoicing

Sermon Week Pentecost Sunday Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 20:19,20


In the Old Testament saga, Israel's greatest King is David. He was called the "Lion of Judah," the "Warrior King." David was a great military leader. He had great expertise in financial affairs. He was a great organizer/administrator. He was King of Israel during her "Golden Age "-in fact, he was largely responsible for bringing it about. And, it was almost 3000 years ago when King David put together a parade the like of which has never been seen again-not even on our modern TV screens.

David, after overcoming many obstacles, had established Jerusalem as the Capital City, the "Holy city." He had built the great wall around the city. He had built the water supply system. He had devised the military defenses for the city. He had been able to do many other marvelous things to make the city great, but ... there was one thing missing: The Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant, from earliest times in their history, was for the Hebrew people a symbol of God's presence in their midst. It was their holiest symbol. When they had wandered through the desert, the Ark of the Covenant was there to remind them that because God was with them they would reach the Promised Land. When they had wondered why God allowed His Chosen People to suffer so many hardships and disappointments, the Ark of the Covenant was there to remind them of His great love for them and His promise of their fulfillment. They had carried the Ark of the Covenant with them into battle as a sign of God's presence in the midst of their struggle. There was no way, therefore, that Jerusalem could really be the Capital City until the Ark of the Covenant was safely enshrined within its walls. Finally, King David was able to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the Holy City. And that is when he organized the big parade.

David placed the Ark of the Covenant in an ox-drawn cart. He placed all of his best musicians out in front, with their tambourines and cymbals [...]

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