Our scripture this morning is Luke 13:31-35.
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’
Jesus is warned (by some Pharisees of all people!) that King Herod is plotting to kill Him. He gives them a message for the king – “I’m busy with God’s work and then I’m leaving town to continue my ministry.” Jesus is unconcerned because He knows the Father’s plan.
God has shared His plan with us as well, through scripture and prophets who have told us of what is to come. We may not know all the details as Jesus does, but we have been given what we need to be His disciples. God wants us to accept the salvation He offers through Christ and choose to follow His ways.
As we celebrate Jesus coming to be with us, may we remember that He knew all along what God had in mind and He was obedient, even unto death. We may not know what tomorrow holds here on earth but we are promised that those who claim His name will be saved. May we be with the faithful at the last days, saying “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Gracious God, we are grateful for Your love and the gift of our savior, Christ the Lord. Bless us to be a blessing to others, sharing this precious gift with all the world. Amen.