First Sunday in Advent 2021
Orders from the King
Luke 19:28-40; Zechariah 9:9
How well do you take orders? If you ever served in the armed forces, you know never to question an order. If the drill Sargent says, jump, your response is, “How high, sir?”
Even if the word ‘please,’ is attached to an order you’re given, it’s still an order. “Joe, take out the trash, please.” “Kathy, I need the accounts payable caught up by Friday.”
Of course, there’s the other kind of order. “I’ll have a burger, fries, and a shake.” “Would you like an appetizer with your dinner order today?”
An order is an order. We can make it, follow it, or accept the consequences of not following it.
The Triumphal Entry
Imagine, if you will, how you would have reacted to the order Jesus gave two of His disciples in the passage below.
“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,
“Go to the village ahead of you, and 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 untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.'”
Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” He replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Today let’s focus on the two disciples. What would you have thought if you were one of the two disciples Jesus sent for a colt?
- Jesus, are you sure? The owner could have us arrested for taking his donkey.
- Would you have leaned over to the other and whispered something? What would you have said to him?
- Yes, Lord, your will be done, thinking to yourself, “He’s never steered me wrong before.”
Now there’s the business of the owner of the colt. What would you have said to the two disciples as they untied your colt?
Had Jesus arranged this with the colt owner earlier? Or were the words that came from the mouths of the two disciples, “The Lord needs it,” enough to let them have the colt.
God/Jesus had a plan from the start. And the disciples who brought the colt to him were part of the plan.
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy from Zechariah 9:9.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Here’s the point!
God always has a plan, and it’s more intricate than we can ever imagine. So, when He calls on us to do something, our response should always be, “Yes, Lord.”
Are you following God’s orders? I’m not just talking about the Ten Commandments. I’m speaking of His final directions before He left this earth.
The Great Commission
“Then, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
These were Christ’s final directions, orders to His disciples. Are you following His directions, His orders? It’s our job to bring the Gospel to the world, remember:
“It’s what we live for.”
Dear Lord. Help us always listen to you, whether in the written words recorded in the Bible or through the whispers we hear from your encourager, The Holy Spirit. You are our God, our Lord, and our Savior. Amen.