Can you believe that Christmas is a month from today? To get ready, we have a very special season called Advent first. Do you know what Advent means?
The dictionary says that advent is “the coming of something very important.” What is so important? The celebration of the birth of Jesus, of course! Yes, we are looking forward to Christmas, but we must also remember to look forward and be prepared for the coming of another very important event – the return of Jesus!
Matthew 24, verses 24 and 36 say, “No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven or the Son, but only the Father. So you must be ready because the Jesus will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”
Jesus told us that He would come again, but He didn’t tell us when He would be here. Wow! If we don’t know when He is coming, how will we be ready? By doing the things that Jesus would want us to be doing — loving one another, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. If we are doing those things, we will be ready when He comes. Actually, those are also the very same things that we should be doing to get ready for the celebration of Christmas!
Instead of thinking only about what we are going to get, we should be thinking about what we can give too. That’s not always easy, but remember Christmas is a season for giving love to each other. The presents are all fun, but caring for and helping others are even more important. Have a wonderful time decorating, buying gifts, and having parties, but always remember to be ready for the Baby Jesus coming in just a month to save the world and keeping ourselves ready to receive Jesus whenever He returns by doing what we should.
Let’s say our prayer together. “Dear Jesus, we can hardly wait for Christmas with all the excitement of the holiday season, but we look forward to the day when You return too. That day will be even more wonderful than any Christmas could ever be. Help us to live in such a way that we will be ready when You do come. Also, help us to remember the true meaning of Christmas – You loving us so much that You came to earth to save us from our sins. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.