Luke 22:7-13 (MSG)
The Day of Unleavened Bread came, the day the Passover lamb was butchered. Jesus sent Peter and John off, saying, “Go prepare the Passover for us so we can eat it together.” They said, “Where do you want us to do this?” He said, “Keep your eyes open as you enter the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him home. Then speak with the owner of the house: The Teacher wants to know, ‘Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare the meal there.” They left, found everything just as he told them, and prepared the Passover meal.
The Innocent One
Advent is the time of preparing for the coming of Jesus. All good events have preparation plans. Going on vacation, arranging for a party, getting ready to go to work – there are things to be done before the event itself. The scripture from Luke 22 tells of preparation of another coming – the crucifixion. There is no crucifixion or resurrection without first the incarnation.
God, in reaching out to all of humanity, knew he had to become one of us to be able to show us a new way to live. The preparation took years, centuries, in the planning. And when the fullness of time had come, God sent a baby to deliver us. What was God thinking that a baby, weak and vulnerable, could do anything?
Yet that is the sublime importance. We must be born again. In the spirit, and in Jesus, we have that beautiful example of how it is done. So this Christmas welcome the innocence that overcomes the world. Take your usual blinders down and open your heart to God’s truth.Rev. Andrea Andress
Prayer: God make us peacemakers through your truth and innocence. Amen.