The Arena
The Arena

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The Lord Jesus Christ: Our Warrior King

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... with Father Josiah trennel. For he beheld the divine cross as a bright, flashing trophy. With it was see victorious over all who opposed him, and he destroyed the deceit and error of all the idols, while making strong throughout the World Orthodox faith and practice. First of Christian kings, since the king of all created things foresaw thy goodness of heart and THY ready obedience. He, through reason, captured thee when unreasoned ruled over Thee, and, having made thee to shine in heart and mind, with a certain knowledge of godly piety, he showed thee to the world as a shining sun that sendeth forth the beings of all godly deeds, wise and glorious constanty. What you have just heard are sound bites from some of the lectures in an eight part lecture series entitled God's Statesmen, Pious Christian kings. patristic nectar publications invites you to download the first of these eight lectures here at ancient faith radio. For more information and the remaining lectures, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. And now here's father Josiah trennum with the Sunday homily in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, one God blessed feast. Brothers and sisters, show an Inni embodiky Pronia Polas PROSNIKOM. There are many temptations for the priest during the divine liturgy, many temptations, but...

...one of the biggest temptations is to have a word for the people of God and then to hear a beautiful epistle lescent, like we heard this morning from St Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter Four. I could feel my soul being pulled by that epistle lescent and my mind saying, maybe that's what your sermon should be. Forget what you've prepared. Who could resist those beautiful words? Rejoice again, I say to you. Rejoice, the Lord is near. How appropriate for the Feast of the Palms. When the king comes to be in our midst, be anxious for nothing. That is a homily for Palm Sunday. Attacks for Palm Sunday if I've ever seen one. The king is here. There are two appropriate responses rejoicing and not being anxious, but I will resist the temptation. Instead, brothers and sisters, I want you to meditate upon the Gospel with me and upon this magnificent feast. I want to remind you what you have, who you serve. Today, we receive our king, and kings lead their people, and especially their troops, into battle. Wouldn't have been wonderful to live at the time of King David? I would have loved to have been his friend when he was young, a thousand years before our savior came. It would have been an honor to watch sheep with him and to watch him personally defend his sheep from bears and lions with his own hands. Who He would have had quite the reputation amongst the...

...young men, for sure, for sure, and I probably would have been scared if I was his age and the Philistines had come out with their great giant Goliath and had taken up a position to fight us, and to see our King Saul there with his armor on but his knees clacking, which is what the Scripture says was happening, so great was this monster and this impressive army of the enemies of the people of God and to have seen my friend David have his heart grow expanded without any sphere to call on the name of the Lord and to run to the battle line and to ask for an opportunity to fight what other men would have thought was certain death. To see him take up a stone and to run in then, in the power of God and his name, and to hurl that storm at the head 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 David his tens of thousands. I would have left to have seen the kings slay Goliath. Says how they become kings in classical civilization, in the scriptures, and not just in the scriptures, and in ancient lands and not just ancient kings lead their people against enemies and defeat them. Some of you have had your hearts wild in the last month because you have been reading through the Bible in a year with in our parish project and we read through the macabean history. For some of you it was new, completely new. For some of you it was refreshed. Part of Scriptures that we don't know all that much about. And you heard about Mattathias and you heard about his incredible son's Judas and Jonathan and Simon. Each one of them became...

...kings by leading the people of God against their enemies in the face of tremendous odds. They called on the name of the Lord, they came in the name of the Lord, and God granted them victory and the people of God followed them. Such was also the way of the Roman Empire into which our Savior was born two thousand years ago. This imperial military connection, military leadership connected to Kingship, continued in centuries, for centuries after our Lord's birth, even after the empire became Christian. Remember Constantine, and when he first made his acts of loyalty to Christ, he was in the midst of battle and he saw the glorious cross in the sky and he pledged himself to our savior and to the cause of the church, and God gave him victory and the whole church gathered behind him and supported him as he became a unifier of the people of God. This essential connection between the king and his defeat of our enemies, his prowess in fighting. It's even important in our own country's history. It's not for nothing that our first president was a great general, George Washington, and that our presidents have always retained that title and that position as chief commander of the military. It's a sad thing that until very recently, throughout most of my generation actually, there's been a big disconnect between leadership of our country and our military, a big disconnect. It's been a financial relationship and a relationship of civic leaders directing the military what to do. But most of the congress, until very recently, matter of fact, just five years ago, not a single congressman or senator had a single son in the military. Today that's not the case, thank God. But this connection is very...

...important for us. It's right, it was right and it is right for earthly political philosophies to hold these functions of kingship together, his reign and his leadership against the People's enemies, because this earthly Union of leadership, civic leadership and victory against enemies is based on a divine prototype. All of these earthly kings and kingship in society, it is just a dark shadow 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 their constant refrain in the PSALTER, he rides upon the Cherubim like a chariot. He makes the ark of the covenant his Regal Footstool. He is a great warrior. After delivering his people from Pharaoh and taking them under the Moses his leadership through the Red Sea. You remember that Moses took up a song, a victory chant, and he said these words. I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the 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 for his people, as our king and as a warrior king, is at the very heart of his own mystic name. His name can't be spoken without this concept. And knowing this, brothers and sisters, you'll understand this feast, because our king has come and we are receiving him. Jesus us, the ultimate king of Kings, and Warrior of Warriors. It's true that soon he is to be betrayed, abandoned,...

...mocked and crucified in Jerusalem. It's true, but today, beloved Jesus comes in Regal Procession into the city of Jerusalem, and all of us receive him with shouts of victory and triumph, and we join the children in praising him. We say Josanda to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Here's an amazing thing. Our Savior, who has been preparing his disciples carefully to be ready for his betrayal, for his crucifixion, in his death and eventually his resurrection, who has gone to great links to make these things clear. Today, though, he had been telling them this was going to happen, he mounts the prophetic cult, that which was prophesied by Zacharias in chapter nine of his prophecy. Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion, shout in triumph. Your king is coming to you. He of just endowed with salvation, humble, mounted on a donkey, even on a cult the full of a donkey. Jesus wanted no one to be mistaken. He got that Colt he sat on that Colt and he came into the holy city so that all would know that he is the king of kings and what was about to happen to him was a choice. Wasn't just a tragedy of fate, it was a choice of our savior. He had the authority to contain his life or he had the authority to lay it down, and he chose freely to lay it down and he chose freely to take it back. Such was his authority. He came not to be defeated but to conquer, not to be crushed ultimately, but to crush. He came boldly to holy war. We already felt, and the enemy has already felt his first sortie, he already sent out his first attack. It happened 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, according to the Psalms, shatters the Cedars of Lebanon. This voice appeared in Hades, this voice which divides, the flame of fire, which shakes the wilderness of Cadis heard three words. This voice articulated these three words in the realm of Hades and nothing was the same for them. Lazarus come forth. Despite its effort, hades became powerless at this voice, paralyzed, losing its grip over Lazarus and knowing, in fact, that it would soon lose its grip over its entire possessions. Hades is reeling right now. The demons are furious, but the righteous are exploding with anticipation. Lazarus was there in the power of Hades, but now he's gone. These days, when Jesus manifested his power over death and rode triumphant into Jerusalem, only to be betrayed, arrested, falsely tried and convicted and crucified, they left all of his disciples exceedingly confused. They were bewildered, and the reason that they were bewildered is because they did not have a paradigm for what they were seeing. They knew the part about the king crushing the enemies. They knew David's life, they knew the maccabees, they knew Josiah, they knew Hezekiah, they knew how God fought for his people Israel. What they didn't know was the king, after his victory and after his triumphal procession, being arrested,...

...beaten, scourged, mocked and crucified. What was this? They couldn't understand. They had no paradigm in their minds and hearts. Despite our saviors continuous efforts to prepare them by his teaching, they didn't have the understanding. And after this mighty exultation with Lazarus and all the people going crazy because he had raised a man four days dead after his entry into Jerusalem, they were left brokenhearted. The wind was completely out of their sails. They fell into depression. Let us, brothers and sisters, not share their confusion. Pres he tera Catherine yesterday spoke with me about the confusion of the disciples and she said, sweetheart, what, after all that preparation that Jesus made 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 when there was no woman there to ask the right questions, she would have kept talking, she said. She would have kept talking until he explained it. When is this happening? Exactly where? How? One day? And what's the consequence of this and what's going to happen? I was sorry to disappoint her, but I don't think so. No, the mighty works of our savior could only be grasped by a new mind, by allaying aside of the old paradigms and concepts were which were just dark shadows. You can't measure the sun by a shadow. No, of no old idea that they possessed. Could understand what he was doing. He came as king today, yes, but not...

...like the kings of old. He came to rule something more than land, to secure a more significant loyalty and to bestow upon us a more comprehensive and a far more glorious citizenship. He came to fight our enemies, yes, and to defeat them, yes, but these enemies were not the Egyptians, the AMMONITES or the Philistines or the Babylonians, or the Persians or the Romans, the Pagan Greeks or others who were 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, the demons. These ultimate enemies enslave every nation they themselves are the cause of the conflicts and the hostility between the nations. They bind the whole human race. and Jesus came to free everyone from real and ultimate enemies. And now Christ comes in the flesh to the conflict. He rides into Jerusalem to the a claim of the people who have lined the streets with their own clothes. He mounts as a throne and never written ass and he's heading for one place, Golgatha, are him that he, in mattens this morning, says these words, beautiful words. He comes. He comes to smite his enemies with the cross of his Almighty power and again into Hymns, sessional hymns of or, throws glory to thee who has come as conqueror. To this end. Christ was anointed by Mary that he might triumphantly enter Jerusalem, engage the evil one in the battle of death at the Cross and free us, has beleaguered people from the cruel bondage of Satan.

He's come to do war for victory. So I ask you, brothers and sisters, are you dead? Is your soul dead? Do you smell yourself? Do you stink like Lazarus? If you do, don't fear. Christ has come to conquer death and he has come to raise stinking corpses like us. There is no obstacle to his great love and power. No putrification, no corruption is too great for him to deter in his saving efforts. Do you feel the heat? Do you feel the pressure of the demons in your life? Do you feel the weight of passions that seem to bind you with a chain? The touch of death is on us. Sometimes we're even afraid of dying. But today, brothers and sisters, we can break forth and shout Hosannah. We can be happy today and dance because Christ has come to free us from these bonds and from this enemy. If we have a stinging conscience, if we have guilt that oppresses us, we can shout Hosanna because the king, the humble and Meek Jesus, has come in the name of the Lord, to triumph over the devils, to blot out the record of our transgressions and to put death to death. This week, let us journey very close with him to his passion. Let us sit with him and the upper room and receive the great gift of the Eucharist. Let us stand before the Holy Cross and chant at his tomb, find ourselves together in the night of his resurrection from the dead, to this King of all kings, to our great warrior, the Lord whose name is precious be our glory, to the immortal Lord who bound hell and slew death and raise the world,...

...may we, with Mary to day, give him our best, may we give him ourselves in entirety, and may we join the children in ascribing praise to him, in carrying our palms and singing out loud, Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Hosanna. We hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offer to you by patristic nectar publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. Until next time,.

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