Are You Ready?
Are you ready for Christmas? This question is asked everywhere you go now that it’s December. The answer depends on how you define ‘ready.’
The decorations and warm colors of fall are packed away. The mantle is barren.
Now I’ve begun to drag the boxes and tubs of Christmas decor out of the attic. It becomes a chore lugging and lifting containers before the decorating can start.
Centuries ago God began the preparations for the first Christmas when people weren’t ready. Prophecies paved the away over 600 hundred years. Slowly the acts of history came together, leading to the birth of the Savior.
The song ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ was written in the 12th century. The words recall mankind’s silent waiting while God moved behind the scenes of history. Israel was held captive by the Babylonians and later the Romans. They waited for ransom from the Messiah. Finally the long awaited announcement came–“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!”
While this is true of history, it can be true for us today. Are you held captive by anything? Loneliness? Fears? Depression? Bitterness? Sorrow?
Remember: Emmanuel has come! Christ came not only to be Emmanuel–“God with us”–but in a more personal way, God in us.
Let me rephrase the original question. “Are you ready for Jesus?”
That puts the idea in a completely different Christmas light.
Eventually my tree and decorations will be put in place. Gifts will be wrapped. The mantle will hold the nativity set. All this as a way to get ready for Christmas.
But what matter most—are you ready for Jesus in your heart?
Let this yearning grow in your heart:
O Come O Come Emmanuel.
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O come, o come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Som of God appears.
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height, in ancient times didn’t give the law in cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell Thy people save and give them victory o’er the grace.
O come, Thou Day-Spring, some and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here; O drive away the shade of night and pierce the clouds and bring us light.
O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heavenly home where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell—O come, o come Emmanuel!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
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“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:32,33