Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. "Beautiful Savior" author unknown
Christmas is a time for celebration. Often times these celebrations include guests and loved ones coming in from out of town or at least coming over to your home. That makes the days leading up to Christmas a time of preparation and expectation. However, the truth is there is only one arrival we need to concern ourselves with at this time of year. The time before Christmas reminds us that Christ has come and is coming again. How do we prepare for his coming? This Advent let’s focus on that.
Our path this Advent season:
HE IS COMING…GET READY
Preparing for Christmas is relatively easy for this reason – we know when it will be. Christmas doesn’t move. It is always December 25th. That firm and well-known date allows us to prepare. We know when we need to be ready. Preparing for Christ’s second coming is more difficult, since no one knows when that will be. It could be 1000 years from now. It could be tomorrow. It is absolutely vital that you are prepared to meet Christ on Judgment Day. Since we don’t know when that is, we must live in a constant state of readiness.
HE IS COMING…PAY ATTENTION
When you prepare for your Christmas company, it typically includes a thorough house cleaning. To be a good cleaner takes attention to detail and time. Sometimes we don’t have those things at this time of year. It might be that your guests are pulling in the driveway and the kids are yelling, “They’re coming!” while you scramble with the final details. Jesus is coming, but we don’t know when. However, he sends forerunners in front of him with a message that makes us ready for his arrival. Pay close attention to these messengers who prepare our hearts for Christ.
HE IS COMING…WHETHER YOU WANT HIM OR NOT
What do you want for Christmas? A lot of people just want the twinkling of Christmas tree lights and the glitter of tinsel. They do not want the Light of the world who will dispel the darkness of unbelief with the light of the gospel. They may want something at Christmas that looks a little religious. But they do not want to confess that they are all darkness and foolishness, all sin and perversity, until the Light comes to expel the darkness of unbelief and save by his works and not our own. Most people don’t want the Savior who promised to come. Do you?
HE IS COMING…RECEIVE HIM
The Virgin Mother of God received the message of the Incarnation with a simple, “Yes!” She did not shave her head and enter a convent. She did not set herself up on a throne to be worshiped. She did nothing but receive. What’s the best way for us to prepare for Christ’s coming? It’s not with frantic doing. It’s not with a focus on what we have done or promise to do. It’s not with how we will pay back what he comes to bring. The best preparation for Christmas is a readiness to receive.
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