I’m excited about beginning a new series in December – “Preparing for Christmas.”
Can you imagine trying to measure the amount of time, energy and money that is spent each year preparing for Christmas? As much as a year earlier:
· Retail firms are discussing their merchandise and strategies to boost Christmas sales.
· Marketing companies are working on the best ad campaigns for their companies.
· Vacations and family gatherings are planned.
· Flights are booked.
· Gift lists are formed.
· Christmas cards, decorations, and trees are purchased.
· Parties are planned.
· Food is purchased in bought for the big day.
· Music companies attempt to compile Christmas albums to be sold months later.
For the most part, the world works into a frenzy for holiday. Children are dreaming of toys. All in preparation for the “big guy” to show up in the malls, parades, and in our living rooms on Christmas Eve.
“You better watch out, you better not pout, I’m telling you why …Santa Claus is coming to town!”
One greater than Santa Clause coming to town and we’d better get ready!
Jesus did not enter the world without warning. The Father planned to send His Son before the creation of the world. Hundreds of years before Christ’s birth, prophets told where He would be born, what He was like, how He would suffer, be buried, and rise again!
“The whole Old Testament is the story of a special preparation… Only when all was ready, only in the fullness of his time, did Jesus come.”[i]
Scripture contains hundreds of prophecies concerning Jesus’ first coming, yet there are many more referring to His Second Coming!
Are you prepared for Christmas? Are you ready to celebrate the coming of Christ on what may be the last Christmas before He comes again?
We all want to be ready for Christmas, but are we ready to meet Christ?
God wants us to be ready. He wants us to help our friends be ready.
How empty the Christmas season must be for those who don’t know Christ! Decorations, carols, gifts, trees, special religious services, family, and friends are all part of celebrating Christmas, but without knowing the One Who came to earth to die for our sins it is all meaningless. How depressing for December to pass and a new year begin with no real, lasting meaning for our lives!
Let’s refuse to try to get our joy from a superficial emotional feeling or gifts that will be outgrown, fade, and rust.
Let’s choose to center our hearts on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born King of Kings and Lord of Lords, this Christmas.
Let’s surrender our ALL to the One Who is coming again to judge the earth and receive His own to Himself!
Join us for our new series, “Preparing for Christmas”!
O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.[ii]
[i]Brooks, Phillips. The Consolations of God: Great Sermons of Phillips Brooks, Internet: http://www.ctlibrary.com/10508, Accessed by membership November 24, 2007.
[ii]Brooks, Phillips. “O Little Town of Bethlehem,”