The Final Journey
Scripture selection: Luke 19:28
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
After all the teaching, all the miracles, all the challenges to his authority, all the decisions others made to follow – it all came down to this: a final journey to Jerusalem.
As Lent and Easter approach each year – we come to these scripture texts. Christians all over the world anticipate the joy of resurrection day but first, there must be the pain of rejection and the death at Golgotha. It isn’t an easy journey to make – even now.
Still, it is an important one.
In just a couple of weeks – Christian and non-Christian alike will have an opportunity.
It is an opportunity to go deeper in faith, to commit for the first time, or in a new way, to that life of faith.
The stories told, the scriptures read will be all the old familiar ones.
But every year – it is a fresh opportunity – to come to know Jesus in a new, powerful way.
It all comes down to this: a final trip to Jerusalem.
Let the journey begin.