Are We There Yet?

This Is Thanksgiving Week: that week that kicks the holiday season into high gear. The fact that Thanksgiving is a little late this year only increases the pace of everything Christmas and everything Advent.

 We concluded our Fall Road Trip with Jesus last Sunday.  I hope you enjoyed these parables as much as I did.  Thank you for coming along.  Special thanks to Julie Fick for dressing up the stage with all the travel props each week!  I liked coming into the sanctuary and wondering what she’s been up to this week!

The question that always gets asked by kids and impatient adults on any road trip I have ever been on is, “are we there yet?” It fits with last week’s review of the Kingdom that Jesus inaugurated.  Is the Kingdom here yet?  I remind you of the words from Kline Snodgrass, and his commentary that served as one of our guidebooks: Stories With Intent.  He writes that when Jesus was proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was at hand, or was present, he did not mean that the end of the world was present.  “It means that all the promises of the Old Testament scriptures, especially the prophets, had begun with Jesus’ actions and words”. 

So that’s where we’re headed next: back to the beautiful Advent promises from the book of Isaiah.  If there is one thing I have come to realize in these weeks, it is that we followers of Jesus straddle the two Kingdoms: the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of heaven.  Christmas: with all of its wonderful and terrible cultural traditions and Advent: the Churches’ Holy season of Waiting co-exist.  But while we are in the House of the Lord, we will seek first his Kingdom.  Because that is at least in part, what we are waiting for.