How are you doing this week my dear friend? Are you ready for Christmas? Is your home decorated? Are the cookies and other goodies made? Are the presents bought, wrapped and placed under the tree? If your answer is no to any of these questions, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s been a busy month for me as I am sure it is for you.
As busy as it is, I encourage you to take some time for yourself this week and prepare your heart for the season by reflecting on the birth of Jesus. Start with God’s promise of a savior.
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.
This verse reminds me of a beautiful Advent hymn titled O come, O come, Emmanuel. This song represents Israel’s expectation for the birth of Jesus.
Israel waited and prepared for the birth of Jesus. Today we not only reflect on the birth of Jesus, but we wait and prepare for the coming of Christ as our Shepherd. Revelation 7:9-17 says:
Like God’s people before the coming of Christ, we also look ahead to the time when Christ, who is both the Lamb and our Shepherd, will finish his work and “God will wipe away every tear” from our eyes.
This week, remember what God has done for the Israelites throughout the Old Testament and anticipate his promises for the future. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus promises to be with us always, and he explains in John 13:1-3 that he is preparing a place for us to join Him.