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First Sunday in Advent.

First Sunday in Advent.

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ST. MATT. XXL 1-13.

ST. MATT. XXL 1-13.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 01, 2014
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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.ST. MATT. XXL 1-13. When they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her : loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them ; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell yet he daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an a&s. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them ; and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way ; others cut down branches from the trees, and straw ed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David ; Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord ;
Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of First Sunday Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple ; and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves ; and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves. TO-DAY is the opening of the Church year. It begins with the blessed, but solemn, season of Advent ; that season which is intended to remind us of our Lord s first coming in great humility/ and also of His coming again in His glorious majesty.
The reason why the portion now before us has been chosen for the Gospel to-day is because it shows Christ to us, treated with more than customary honour ; and so it leads us to think how He will be wel comed, when He appears at His second coming. We here behold our Lord entering Jeru salem for the last time ; and He enters it as a King, though He well knew that in a very few days the crown He would have to wear would be a crown of thorns, and that a mock sceptre would be put into His hands. When He arrives at Bethphage, with His faithful disciples, He sends two of them in Advent.

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