The Arena
The Arena

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The Lord Jesus Christ: Our Warrior King

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Ancient faith, radio and patristicnectur publications present the arena Sunday Hamillis and theologicalreflections with fother Jesiah Treno, for he beheld the divine cross as abright flashing. Trophy withit was he victorious over awl who opposeed and hedestroyed the deceit and ar of all the idols while making strong throughoutthe World Orthodox faith and practice. First of Christian kings. Since theking of all created things foresaw thy goodness Ahart and thy ready obedience,he through reason captured thee when unreason ruled over thee and havingmade tmee to shine in heart and ind, with a certain knowledge of godly piety,he showed thee to the world as a shining sun that sendeth forth thebeans of all Godly deeds, wise and glorious constanty. What you have just heard are soundbitesfrom some of the lectures in an eight port lecture series entitled Gods,Statesmen, Pious Christian Kins, patristic. Negtar publications invitesyou to download the first of these Nain lecters here at ancient faith, radio for more information and the remaininglectures. Please vhis it our website at www, dot, patristic, nectar, dodor andnow here's father Josiatreum with the Sunday Hama in the name of the father and the son,and the Holy Spirit, one God blessed: Feast, Brothers and sisters, Saanini Anbodiki, Pronopolas Proznikon. There are many temptations for thepriest during the divine litergy many...

...temptations, but one of the biggest temptations is to have a word for the people of God and thento hear a beautiful epistlelesson. Like we heard this morning from SaintPaul's Epistle to the Philippians chapter four, I could feel my soul being pulled bythat Epistolessen and my mind, saying: Maybe that's what your sermon should beforget what you've prepared? Who could resist? Those beautiful words? Rejoice again, I say to you rejoice. The Lordis near how appropriate for the Feast of the palms when the king comes to bein our midst, be anxious for nothing that is a homily for pum Sunday attexkfor pum Sunday, if I've ever seen one the king is here. There are twoappropriate responses, rejoicing and not being anxious, but I will resist the temptation instead, brothers and sisters. I wantyou to meditate upon the Gospel with me and upon this magnificent feast. I want to remind you what you have whoyou serve to day. We receive our king and kings, lead their people andespecially their troops into battle. Would it have been wonderful to live atthe time of King David? I would have loved to have been his friend when hewas young a thousand years before our saviourcame. It would have been an honor to watch sheep with him and to watch him personally defend his sheep from bearsand lions with his own hands, who he would have had quite the reputationamongst the young men for sure for sure,...

...and I probably would have been scaredif I was his age and the Philiptines had come out with their great giantGoliath and had taken up a position to fight us and to see our King Sau therewith his armor on, but his knees clacking, which is what the Scripturesays was happening. So great was this monster and this impressive army of the enemies of thepeople of God and to have seen my friend David, have his heart grow expanded withoutany fear to call on the name of the Lord and to run to the battle line and to ask for an opportunity to fightwhat other men would have thought was certain death to see him take up a stone and to runin the nit in the power of God and his name, and to hurl that storm at thehead of that giant and to fell him to the ground. Wow. No wonder the people wanted him as king. No wonder they sang amongst the ladies Saul has killed his thousands but Davidhis tens of thousands. I would have loved to have seen that kings, sleg Goliath as how they becomekings in classical civilization in the scriptures and not just in thescriptures and an ancient land, and not just ancient kings, lead their people against enemies and defeat them. Some of you have had your hearts wowdin the last month, because you have been reading through the Bible in ayear with in our parish project, and we read through the macabean history forsome of you, it was new completely new for some of you. It was refreshed part of scripture, of that wedon't know all that much about, and you heard about Madothias and you heardabout his incredible sons, Judas and Jonathan and Simon, each one of thembecame kings by leading the people of...

God against their enemies. In the faceof tremendous odds, they called on the name of the Lord.They came in the name of the Lord and God, granted them victory and thepeople of God followed them. Such was also the way of the RomanEmpire into which our saviour was born. Two thousand years ago, this imperialmilitary connection, military leadership, connected to kingshipcontinued in centuries, fer centuries after our Lord's birth, even after the empire became Christian, rememberConstantine, and when he first made his act of loyalty to Christ. He was in themidst of battle and he saw the glorious cross in the sky and he pledged himselfto our saviour and to the cause of the church, and God gave him victory andthe whole church gathered behind him and supported him as he became aunifier of the people of God. This essential connection between theking and his defeat of our enemieis, his prowess in fighting it's even important in our owncountry's history. It's not for nothing that our firstpresident was a great general George Washington, and that our presidents have alwaysretained that title and that position AF chief commander of the military. It's a sad thing that until veryrecently, throughout most of my generation, actually there's been a bigdisconnect between leadership of our country and our military, a bigdisconnect. It's been a financial relationship anda relationship of civic leaders directing the military.What to do? But most of the Congress until veryrecently matter of fact, just five years ago, not a single congressmanorsenator had a single son in the military. Today, that's not the case, thank God,...

...but this connection is very importantfor us. It's right. It was right and it is right for earthly politicalphilosophies to hold these functions of kingship together his reign and hisleadership against the People's enemies, because this earthly Union of leadership, civic leadership andvictory against enemies is based on a divine prototype. All of these earthly kings and kingship in society is just a darkshadow of God's leadership himself. The people of God have always known this.Their Lord is a great king over all the earth. This is er constant refraime inthe SALTAR. He rides upon the Cherubim like achariot. He makes the arc of the Covenant his Regal Footstool. He is agreat warrior after delivering his people from Pharaoh and taking themunder the Moses 's leadership, throg, the Red Sea, you remember that Mosestook up a song, a victory chant, and he said these words. I will sing to theLord, for He is highly exalted the Horse and its rider. He has hurled intothe sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.This is my God, and I will praise him my father's God and I will extol him.The Lord is a warrior. The Lord is his name, God's leadership in our life and forhis people as our king and as a warrior king is atthe very heart of his own mystic name. His name can't be spoken without thisconcept and knowing this brothers and sistersyou'll understand this feast, because our king has come and we arereceiving him. Jesus, the ultimate king of kings and Warrior of Warriors.

It's true that soon he is to bebetrayed, abandoned mock and crucified in Jerusalem, it's true, but to daybeloved Jesus Colmes in Regal Procession into the city of Jerusalem,and all of us receive him with shouts of victory and triumph, and we join thechildren and praising Him we say Hosanna to the son of Davin,blessed as he who comes in the name of the Lord here is an amazing thing, our saviour, who has been preparing hisdisciples carefully to be ready for his betrayal for hiscrucifixion and his death, and eventually his resurrection. Who has gone to great lengths to makethese things clear. Today, though, he had been telling them. This was goingto happen. He mounds the prophetic cult that which was trophesied by Zechoriasand chapter nine of his prophecy, rejoice greatly daughter of zyon shoutin triumph. Your king is coming to you. He Hav just endowed with salvationhumble mounted on a donkey even on a Colt, the full of a donkey Jesus wanted no one to be mistaken. He got that Colt. He sat on that Coltand he came into the holy city so that all would know that he is the king ofkings and what was about to happen to him was a choice. Wasn't just a tragedy of fate. It wasthe choice of our saviour. He had the authority to contain his life or he hadthe authority to lay it down and he chose freely to lay it down and hechose freely to take it back. Such was his authority. He came not to be defeated, but toconquer not to be crushed ultimately, but to crush. He came boldly to holywar. We already felt, and the enemy hasalready felt his first sorty. He...

...already sent out his first attack. Ithappened yesterday when he plundered Hell Hades for the first time yesterday,ever since the fall of man, when it began swallowing up, the souls of men,heard the voice of the son of God within it the Voice of the Lord, which, accordingto the Psalms, shatters the Cedars of Lebanon. This voice appeared in Hades this voice, which divides the flame offire, which shakes the wilderness of Cadis heard three words. This voicearticulated these three words in the realm of Hades and nothing was the samefor them. Lazarus come forth. Despite its effort, hades becamepowerless at this voice, paralyzed losing its grip over lazarous andknowing, in fact, that it would soon lose its grip over its entirepossessions. Hades is reeling right now the demons are furious, but therigteous are exploding with anticipation. Lazarus was there in the power of Hades,but now he's gone these days when Jesus manifested hispower over death and rode triumphant into Jerusalem, only to be betrayed,arrested, falsely tried and convicted and crucified. They left all of his disciples exceedinglyconfused. They were bewildered and the reasonthat they were bewildereds because they did not have a paradigm for what theywere seeing. They knew the part about the king,crushing the enemies they knew David's life. They knew the macabees, they knewJosiah, they knew Hezekaia. They knew how God fought for his people, Israel.What they didn't know was the king, after his victory and after histriumphal procession being arrested,...

...beaten, scourged, mock and crucified. What was this they couldn't understand. They had noparadime in their minds and hearts, despite our saviors, continuous effortsto prepare them by his teaching. They didn't have the understanding, and after this mighty exultation withLazarus and all the people going crazy because he had raised a man four days,then after his entering to Jerusalem, they were left broken hearted. The windwas completely out of their sailes. They fell into depression. Let us brothers and sisters not share their confusion. Peresitera Cathrine yesterday spoke with me about theconfusion of the disciples, and she said we don't Wat after all, that preparation that Jesusmade for them. Why didn't they get it before? I could say something she goes.You know, I have an idea. I think it because there was no womanthere to ask the right questions. She would have kept talking. She saidyou would have kept talking until he explained it. When is this happeningexactly where? How on what day? And what's the consequence of this andwhat's going to happen, I was sorry to disappoint her, but I don't think so. No, the mighty works of our saviorcould only be grasped by a new mind by a laying aside of the old paradimsand concepts were which were just dark shadows. You can't measure the sun by ashadow, no no old idea that they possessedcould understand what he was doing. He came as king today, yes, but not likethe kings of all.

He came to rule something more thanland, to secure a more significant loyaltyand to bestow upon us a more comprehensive and a far more gloriouscitizenship. He came to fight our enemies, yes andto defeat them yes, but these enemies were not the Egyptians, the amonites orthe Philistines of the Babylonians or the Persians or the Romans, the pagan, Greeks or others who ere oppressing Jerusalem.Those enemies were just shadows of our true enemies: Death that Saint Paul Calls the last enemy Sin and Satan, and his servants hedemons these ultimate enemies enslave everynation. They themselves are the cause of the conflicts and the hostilitybetween the nations. They bind the whole human race andJesus came to free every one from real and ultimate enemies. And now Christ comes in the flesh tothe conflict. He rides into Jerusalem to the acclaim of the people who havelined the streets with their own clothes. He mounts as a throne, a neverwritten, ass and he's heading for one place. Golgatha are him that Hein mattens this morningsays these words beautiful words he comes. He comes to smite his enemies with the cross of his Almighty powerand again into hymn sessional hymns, O Orthros glory to Thee, who has come asconqueror. To this end, Christ was anointed byMARRYIG that he might triumphantly enter Jerusalem engage the evil one inthe battle of death at the Cross and free us has beleaguered people from thecruel bondage of Satan. He's come to do...

...war for victory. So I ask you: Brothersand sisters: Are you dead? Is your soul dead? Do you smell yourself? Do you stinklike Lazarus? If you do don't fear, Christ is come to conquer death. He hascome to raise stinking corpses like us. There is no obstacle to his great loveand power. No putrification, no corruption is too great for him todeter in his saving efforts. Do you feel the heat you feel? The pressure of the demons inYour Life Dyou feel the weight of passions that seem to bind you with achain. The touch of death is on us, sometimeswe're even afraid of dying, but today, brothers and sisters, we can breakforth and shout Hosanna. We can be happy to day and dance, because Christhas come to free us from these bonds and from this enemy. If we have astinging conscience, if we have guilt that oppresses us, we can shout Hosannabecause the king, the humble and Meek Jesus has come in the name of the Lordto Triumph over the devils to blot out the record of our transgressions and toput death to death this week. Let us journey very closewith him to his passion. Let us sit with him in the upper room and receivethe great gift of the Eucharist. Let us stand before the Holy Cross and chantat his tomb, find ourselves together in the night ofhis resurrection from the dead to this King of all kings, to our greatwarrior. The Lord, whose name is precious, be our glory to the immortalLord, who bound hell and slew death and...

...raise the world. May We with Mary today give him our best? May We give him ourselves in entirety and may we jointhe children in ascribing praise to him in carryingour palms and singing out loud Hosanna to the son of David? Blessed? Is He whocomes in the name of the Lord Hosanna? We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation, offer to you. My patristic NectarPublications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirstywith the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers until next time.

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