“Ride on Ride on Majesty” was our opening hymn on Sunday as Pastor Jerry was again our guest minister.
He reminded us who may have seen the movie Rain Man that the story was about Raymond who was not given the inheritance he thought he deserved. Instead it went to an autistic younger brother Charles who Raymond did not even know existed. His plans involved kidnapping his brother and driving him to California where he hoped somehow to steal the inheritance for his own. Charles could not pronounce Raymond’s name and called his newly found brother “Rain Man.” As the story unfolds there begins to develop a meaningful relationship, eventually one into true brothers who love each other.
The Jewish Nation was looking for their inheritance and a King who would rule and reign saving them from their oppressors. They were hoping that Jesus was that expected one!
It appeared to many that Jesus might be the Messiah that they were longing for. Many had witnessed miracles and heard his teachings, and when he rode into Jerusalem riding on a colt, they waved palm branches and shouted Hosanna to the King. They believed that perhaps Jesus was ready to restore the kingdom.
A few days later their shouts of joy were turned to new chants of, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.”
Advent comes as a brother who will save and rescue. A death and a resurrection was required to fulfill God’s plan of salvation.
At Christmas time, the baby Jesus for many in this world is a huge profit symbol for business. The manger stays until Easter when again there is money to be made with new clothing, pretty baskets with candy and stuffed bunnies being sold to the public.
Pastor reminded us that he is not against these things, but we must always remember in our fun the TRUE meaning of Christmas and also of Advent.
Zechariah 9:9 foretold of a savior riding upon a colt.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Jesus was not a ticket to fortune and fame, but he came humbly to fulfill God’s plan set before Him. Today He sets up His kingdom in the hearts of those who accept him as Lord.
Let us Shout again - - this time with the words; “He is Risen, He is Risen as He said.”
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