Jesus is Coming
The gospel for this coming Sunday (First Sunday in Advent) is Mark 11:1-10. This text is the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Advent is a time of waiting and a time to repent as we await the coming Savior. So I will have comparisons and contrasts between our text and the Advent season.
The occasion for this text is the culmination of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem. Our setting is getting ready for Jesus first coming.
Jerusalem was the center of the Jewish worship and the seat the Jewish religion. Bethlehem was a tiny unimportant village not even in the shadow of Jerusalem.
For Israel, there had been much waiting for the coming of the Savior. The Advent season is also a time of waiting. Families with children sometimes make Advent calendars for children to count down the days to Christmas.
The hype for Jesus entering Jerusalem was very great. Many of the people at that time had seen some of Jesus’ miracles. The buildup for the Christmas season in our society is huge and begins with significant sales that take on the form hysteria for shoppers.
The people at the Triumphal Entry were hoping that at this time Jesus would lead an overthrow of the hated Romans. Their optimism was based on wrongheaded and long-ago conviction that the Savior would be a world conqueror. Thanks to our knowing about Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have a confidence that is based on the sure hope of heaven.
Many of our churches have blue permeants that signify hope. During this Advent season we not only acknowledge the need of a Savior from our many sins, we also have a hopefulness, not only for the coming Christmas season but all the rest of the year.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help me keep my eyes on you during this hectic world-centered season. Amen