Behold He Comes

Joy to the world the Lord has come!… Well not yet.

HAPPY MONDAY!

Isn’t it a great reminder that the Lord will come. That He has not forgotten about us all. We must prepare Him room for his return. December is by far my favourite month as it reminds us all of God’s greatness. It’s not about gifts or decoration but the Lord’s return.

‘Tis the season. This season is so full of tradition, so full of memory, so full of legend. It is also a season so full of over-full, bustling and bursting with the exhausting activity of keeping traditions, creating memories and reintroducing legends.

The story of Scrooge could not be more fitting. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a biter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after the visitations by the ghost of his former business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Consider you’re Scrooge (a more kinder version of course) and Luke comes to you. He comes as a kindly ghost of Christmas past, bidding us to lay aside for the moment our Christmas lists, leave the half-trimmed tree, pause the holiday movie, dry our hands from the cookie dough you’re preparing, and follow him. And as you do, all you see begins to swirl into an unfamiliar darkness.

Suddenly you find yourself in an old village called Bethlehem (Luke 2:16). Note, you don’t see big packages or bow ties or even a large decked out Christmas tree.

Now, Luke leads you beyond the village and down a dark, twisting rocky path to some ignored spot where you are immediately afraid as you see a strange sight. You see a peasant girl with bits of straw in her long, messy, dark hair, and she is wrapped in dirty cloaks and a blanket. For a split-second you recognize her and spot a child in her hands, wrapped tightly in unsanitary, blood-smeared cloths. You know this girl and this child, but from where. The scene seems strange to you. It doesn’t look anything like the manger scenes from the illustrated books from your childhood.

Mary is not serene. She’s bone weary. And the boy, he is not even especially beautiful (Isaiah 53:2).

This scene, the real Christmas, has nothing to do with the Christmas you now know. You grow sick to your stomach realizing that these two had no place to stay. There was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:7). “Really?” you ask yourself.

You respond, “surely we can find some room somewhere.” But can you?

Fast-forward.

Suddenly you find ourselves in the present where Luke left you right beside the Christmas lists, the half-trimmed tree, the holiday movie paused, and the raw cookie dough. The table is crowded.

Are you preparing room for Him in your life? Does your Christmas list include this young boy?

Remember, Mary had to lay him in a manger not because she chose to but because there was no room from them in the inn. Therefore, as we plan this Christmas season, let every heart prepare him room.

Let not our future become that of our present. We don’t want the ghost of Revelation to come to us next. Let’s choose today, this Monday, to prepare Him room.

This week’s song is Joy To The World in honour of the Christmas season (All songs this month will be Christmas inspired 🙂 )

Lyrics:
Joy to the world! The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room

And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

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