Thanksgiving’s over (the holiday – hopefully not the attitude) and the Christmas season is in full swing. It’s pretty cool to see the transformation of local businesses and homes into bright beacons of Christmas hope and cheer. What with Christmas lights, carols, and parties, it’s pretty hard not get a little happier during the month of December.
With all festivities and busyness that goes along with the Christmas season its fairly easy for the true meaning of Christmas to get lost in the hustle. Since the early celebrations of the Christian church, Christmas has been a time of celebrating and preparing for the Advent of Christ. Advent is a fancy word that refers to the “arrival of a notable person or event” and finds its true meaning in Jesus Christ and His impact on our world.
Christmas is a time of celebrating the blessings, teaching, and, ultimately, the salvation that His coming to earth eventually brought to mankind. Christmas is also a time of preparation for Christ’s Second Coming – that is, a time to make sure our hearts are right with the Lord as well as a time to use every opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus with those we love.
I know Christmas is still a few weeks out, but I’ll close with the proclamation of John the Baptist from Luke 3:4 in announcing Jesus birth, “Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” John was announcing the true King of Israel and our Savior by essentially saying, “get your hearts ready for Him!”
My prayer is that you’ll take time over the next few weeks, alone and with your loved ones, to thank the Lord for the gift of salvation that came through this amazing boy born of a virgin and take inventory of your relationship with Him (and make right if it’s not ready for His return).
Love you all and hope you have a great several weeks leading up to Christmas!
In Christ’s Service, Isaiah 7:14