Dear Friends 27 November
I wish you all have a good morning.Today we had the Advent Sunday in Sendai Church.We read the story today about the entering of Jesus to Jerusalem as the king.This story had been predeicted in Zechariah, Old Testament.It is good for us to read this story on the Advent Sunday because today is the first Sunday of the season in which we look forward to the birth of Christ,the King.But really the entreing of Jesus to Jerusalem took place only five days before the death of Jesus on the cross.Why Jesus Christ did the entering to Jerusalem just before his death?We know that the objective, destination of the entering to Jerusalem as the king was just the salvation of us throuh his death on the cross.We should think about his death on the cross now at the same time about his birth.Indeed Jesus Christ came to us as the king to be killd on the cross.Well, how was the entering to Jerusalem as the king? What do you imagine the scene?We may imagine Jesus on the back of a beautiful horse.But Jusus entered to Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, a young donkey.A young donkey isn't able to run fast, carry heavy baggages like a horse.But the young donkey did a greatest job than anyone.
When I imagine this donkey, I remind my elder brother who has died.He was an intellectually disabled person.He had a very beautiful heart.Anytime when someone who visited to us was going to leave our house, he routinely cried aloud at the entrance.I never seen such a person who cried aloud for guests.He wasn't able to care of himself.He could do a little things.He loved singing songs, dancing, playing with balloon and so on.He was thought worthless from others.But he did a great something for me.Nobody could did such a great job than my brother.Really, he was the person who let me know of Jesus Christ. I knew Jesus Christ on 1989.He was really Jesus Christ for me.Who define the worth of us?Our Lord is who defines the worth of us.The only thing we have to do is to listen to the voice of disciples 'You are reqested from Lord!'.
God bless you! Shinji Nagashima