During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
John the Baptist’s disciples and everyone else who was following Jesus around were hanging on his every word as he described the spectacular kind of Kingdom he was bringing (Mt. 11:11-15). It was really something new; totally different than the oppressing laws the Pharisees and Sadducees were throwing on everybody else. The first are last, the Savior came as a servant, and the religious Pharisees—the ones who should have been ready for the new Kingdom—were missing it.
So Jesus shakes up the people listening to him even more. The Kingdom of God has come, and Jesus tells them in effect, “you have been waiting for my Kingdom, but you aren’t ready for it.” They complain to both ends of the spectrum, John the Baptist is too extreme one way, and Jesus is too extreme the other way. Now the Kingdom they were waiting for has come, and their hearts didn’t believe because the Kingdom didn’t come the way they thought it should. Jesus didn’t fit their expectations and traditions, so they rejected him and his Kingdom.
This season of Advent, let’s celebrate our King that turned all things upside down. Celebrate the new Kingdom that compels us to give, rather than to receive so that our Christmas money goes to other people, instead to a new pair of pants. Let’s celebrate the coming of the new Kingdom different than our culture does, and give up our expectations and traditions and receive Jesus into our heart.