Giertz preached on this text on February 16, 1958 taking it from the Gospel reading for the beginning of Lent that year. He reminded the hearers that day saying “That which happened in Jerusalem, also happened for our sakes” (p. 36). All that happened in Jerusalem was done as a completion and fulfillment of the promises of God. Those promises were spoken to the people of that day through the lips of the prophets and for us today as those words were written down for us.
For pastors who are given the call and task of proclaiming things about Jesus this is a comfort. As Giertz says, “It is also a comfort and security for the pastor to know that all shall be fulfilled” (p. 38). All will be fulfilled not because the pastor is so great or the church is so amazing. All will be accomplished because of the promise of God who does what He says He will do. For pastors and all who hear the Word, underlying Giertz’ message we have this great Good News: God accomplishes His plans. We can rest in Christ finishing His work; fulfilling the plans that He has begun.
Giertz finishes his message to those being ordained saying: “We all go into this work certain that our work cannot be in vain in the Lord. To the eyes of man, it can look as if we were distressed, irresolute, and beaten to the ground. But within all this, He goes on His way, and therefore nothing is hopeless and nothing is lost unless we lose Him” (p. 38).
With Christ we have hope and help and salvation. So Giertz says to us today, consider some more what the Scriptures say about this Jesus, the Son of Man. We as Christians then look forward with eager expectation to the day when this will be accomplished and His kingdom will come in answer to our frequent prayer, “Thy kingdom come.” He will do it.