Date: 9 Oct 2022
Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan
Sermon Text: Luke 19:28-44
Last month the world said goodbye to a long reigning Queen who served her people with distinction. In one of her last duties as the Monarch, the late Queen Elizabeth granted Liz Truss as the Prime Minister, the go-ahead to form the government.
The late Queen served over 70 years, its anyone guess at this moment if Liz Truss will be able to touch 70 months.
Now when Liz Truss was announced as the PM, we know it was done with much fanfare. There were people cheering, loud upbeat music playing, lots of hands in the air and flags waved.
In her first speech, the new PM ended by promising “ I am confident that together we can: Ride out the storm, We can rebuild our economy, And we can become the modern brilliant Britain that I know we can be. This is our vital mission to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations. I am determined to deliver.”
The celebrative mood of a nation’s new leader and the upbeat promises proclaimed are typical of today’s modern and democratic societies. I think we are quite familiar with it.
Another type of coming to power that is not so familiar for us in Singapore would be that of a coup.
On 30 Sept 2022, it was announced that a military coup had taken place in Burkina Faso, a nation in West Africa. The interim President was removed by a Captain Ibrahim Traore.
Military might had to be imposed and key government facilities forcefully sized. I think the past interim President was forced to agree to resign and then it seems allowed to go into exile in a neighbouring country.
In today’s passage, we have the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He rides in with shouts of proclamation – blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.