Friday of the First Week in Advent

Today’s Reading: Mark 11:1-10

Jesus finally made it to Jerusalem, the place where He knew He was destined to die. Many believed He would immediately set up His kingdom. In anticipation, they provided for Him a king’s greeting. But the story was anticlimactic. This king’s triumphal entry would end with His looking around the temple, crying, and leaving for nearby Bethany.

We don’t know if anyone other than Jesus’ mother had any recollection of Him riding on a donkey some thirty-three years earlier. At the end of this donkey ride, however, Jesus would allow Himself (Yes, allow!) to be stripped of His royal robe, crowned with thorns, and nailed to a cross. Why? So that by His death and resurrection, you receive triumphal entry into the Kingdom of Grace.

This King will come again. Perhaps tonight. Perhaps 1,000 years from now. When that final Advent occurs, the visible gates of heaven will swing wide open to all believers of all time. The faithful will physically join their voices, in a heavenly choir, singing lyrics never before uttered. They (you) will literally understand what the shepherds came to know when their silence, that starry night, was shattered by God’s glory.

Prayer: Prepare the royal highway; the King of kings is near! Let every hill and valley, a level road appear! Then greet the King of glory foretold in sacred story: Hosanna to the Lord, for He fulfills God’s Word (Prepare the Royal Highway, LSB 343:1).

 

This devotion was written by Reverend Keith Piotter, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, IA.

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