24. 2000 years later, we come with the shepherds, with the wise men, with Mary and Joseph; to worship Jesus and to wonder at the child who would save the world.
The focus of Advent is the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. As we have retold the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar we have encountered what it means that “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us. We have heard and responded with small significant moments of worship, moved our focus from ourselves, beyond to focus on God and neighbour. This is the Jesus effect! From the Godly realm to a human state and earthly relationships. As Jesus said after the parable of the Good Samaritan – “Go, do likewise!
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21. The wise men gave Gold, to show that Jesus was a king
When recalling someone and the description ‘heart of gold’ is used, you are meant to imagine kindness in a most precious way. Strangely it suggests kindness so un-bling -like as you can imagine. It is more about the purity of gold which can be found even in its rawest state, nugget like in the dross of clay or silt. This is gold that is worthy of offering.
What offering of gold do you offer today?
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Monday 10 April
That feeling of emptiness, that dropping sensation in the pit of your stomach, when everything suddenly changes and what you felt was supremely positive and enlivening is overtaken by gloom and despondency. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was hailed as a victorious king/messiah. How it must have pained him that everything was about to be reversed. Yet His face was set, Jesus knew what the highs and the lows of the next few days.
Question: What are your ‘highs’, what are your ‘lows’ at the moment?
Prayer: Lord, in this holiest of weeks help me to realise my life as I reflect on your last days. How do I mark my ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ against yours? Amen
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Readings for Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54
Saturday 8th April
There is a great theological question: in the Philippians reading we are told that Jesus emptied himself. What did he empty himself of? If he emptied himself of his divinity, then Jesus would simply be human and not God – that can’t be right. Yet the one who is King of Kings comes to serve, the Son of God is hung on a cross. There is nothing inflated or egotistic about Jesus’ glory, it is, if you like, an empty glory that simply is. In his emptiness, Jesus is exalted above all so that every knee shall bend before him. Let us enter into Christ’s glory, not by puffing ourselves up, but by kneeling, empty, at the foot of the cross.
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Readings for Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 & Matthew 27:11-54
Thursday 6th April
On his entry into Jerusalem Jesus is cheered and exalted by the same people who will turn with cries of, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yet, when they glorify him on Palm Sunday, Jesus accepts them.
Thoughts and Prayer: We are also liable to change, one minute fired up, the next wanting to turn our backs. And yet God takes what we offer. And when we return to him, what we offer is ourselves.
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