The first week in Advent are about the “comings” of the Lord.
In Jeremiah 33: 14-16 the Lord declares that the days are coming when he will cause a new king of David to spring up from the broken tree of David’s family. He will be a new Zedekiah. Not the weak king of Judah who did not trust the Lord. The new branch of David’s family will do what is right, will trust the Lord to lift up God’s people rather than allow the mighty and the strong to tread them into the dirt. He will restore true worship, rather than trusting in a multitude of gods who are able to do nothing.
Luke 19:28-40 tells us of that new Zedekiah, whom the people acclaimed as “The King who comes in the name of the Lord. To Jesus, the new Zedekiah, they proclaim, “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
The alternative gospel, Luke 21: 25-36 is similar to the OT lesson. The promises spoken in Jeremiah are heard in the midst of impending disaster. The Babylonian army was laying siege to Jerusalem in 588 BC. Jeremiah was under house arrest house, when he relayed the promises of a new branch springing up from the family of David. So in the midst of Jesus’ descriptions of disasters coming upon the whole universe he says, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great might. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption if drawing near.” Jesus encourages us, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will pass away.”
As we enter a new church year, those are good promises upon which to stand in the new year when once again we will retrace Jesus ministry to the cross and the resurrection and his return in the ascension.