Today’s Reading: Matthew 21:1-9
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 8:9-9:7; 1 Peter 4:1-19

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Advent is here! All eyes on Jesus, just like the crowds in Jerusalem. Here comes Jesus, riding on the colt, the foal of a donkey. Here comes the One who has been healing the blind and deaf and dumb, casting out demons, walking on water, feeding thousands, raising the dead, and preaching repentance, because the Kingdom of God is near. Here is the One who preaches and teaches with such authority―and not as the scribes and Pharisees. Here is the One who drives the money changers out of the temple and confounds the Bible scholars with His teaching and wisdom. Here He comes, riding into the city on a donkey, just like Solomon did (1 Kings 1:33-34), so that there would be no doubting who was the king! And the crowds shout “Hosanna! Save now!” to the One who can save them.

Advent is the time to take our eyes off all the things of this world that CAN’T save us and put them on Jesus. It is the time to shout “Hosanna! Save us now!” because He is the One who comes as the King. And what a King. A King on a donkey. That’s humility. A King crowned with thorns. That’s His suffering that saves us. A King who has risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God the Father with all glory and majesty. Jesus is such a King, not as the world defines one, but a King who saves us by His own death.

So join with the crowds and sing “Hosanna!” Sing it every Lord’s Day, every time the Lord’s Supper is celebrated: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Come and save us! Hosanna is our Advent prayer and we sing it in the liturgy right before what? Before our Lord comes and saves us! Right before the Sacrament of the Altar, where Jesus gives us His Body and Blood, we sing “Hosanna!” And that prayer to save us is answered when Christ’s Words are spoken and we feast on the King’s Body and Blood. In Advent, Jesus comes to you. He comes to save you. On the cross. On the altar. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come to rescue us from the threatening perils of our sins, and save us by Your promised deliverance; for You now live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Advent 1)

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