The First Sunday of Advent – 2020
“I love a parade.”
Over the years, I’ve seen many parades, some in person and others on television. I can still remember the parade in New York City for the first astronauts to land on the moon in 1969. While we’re thinking of New York, let’s not forget Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year. Of course, we have all the different parades on New Year’s Day, like the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
My favorite parade is the one that occurs the day after the Superbowl. At the end of the Superbowl, an announcer goes up to the winning team’s quarterback (Kansas City this year) and says, “Patrick Mahomes, you just won the Superbowl; what are you going to next?” And the quarterback replies, “I’m going to Disney World.” The very next day, there is Patrick Mahomes on a float traveling down Main Street U.S.A., at Walt Disney World, with people cheering, applauding, and waving.
Jesus participated in a parade of sorts too. We call it the triumphal entry, or Palm Sunday.
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'”
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father, David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem fulfilled the prophesy written in Zechariah 9:9 (See above). Before Jesus entered Jerusalem, He requested a colt that had never been ridden before. The idea being that this colt was to be used for a Holy purpose.
Ridding in on a colt, not a big white horse or float (like in modern-day parades), made a statement. Jesus was not a Savior in a political sense, as most of His followers hoped; instead, Jesus was a humble servant to mankind.
It’s interesting to note that there may have been thousands in attendance as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. People shouted out to Him, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The people praised Jesus as Lord. They did not understand or know that, unlike the Superbowl quarterback who won the game, Jesus’ week of passion, pain, and conquering death itself was just beginning.
Dear Lord God, heavenly Father. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to us as a perfect living sacrifice to save us from our sin. Your Grace is genuinely sufficient for us.