Allen sets the geographical context for the ‘Palm Sunday’ events. He asks what our response is as he looks at the primary characters in the text.
Gerald considers the transfiguration of Christ, speaking from Luke 9:28-36 and 2 Peter 1:16-19 showing how John was the Elijah spoken of in the prophets and about Jesus being the fulfilment of the Law and the prophets as he is joined by Moses and Elijah.
Lorna speaks about John the Baptist. The Bible passage were Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 17:10-13
Liz speaks from Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 17:10-13 and the impact of an encounter on the streets of Cambridge about what equality looks like, prophetic voices and the hope of a new king.
Peter Cunliffe speaks from the lectionary texts of Advent Sunday about having confidence in God’s word and so not fearing the news because the ‘Good News’ which is the gospel is of new creation and Christ’s return as king.
Jesus doesn’t say, Being a disciple will be easy, or undemanding, but what he does say is that he will equip and be with us, he will give us all we need. The call to discipleship is the call to be like Christ, including being treated like Christ. So we need to hear Jesus saying to us “Don’t be afraid.”
#Christmasmeans – To these oppressed people comes a ray of hope; a dawning light.