Advent: Preparation

Have you ever considered yourself part of a multifaceted story?  Jesus’ story is not only multifaceted it is inclusive. It is exciting to realize we all play a part in God’s continuing tale. It is also daunting to know we are active participants in His story. So, as active participants we get a choice in how we perform our particular role.

Elizabeth and Zechariah are often taken for granted in Jesus’ story. However, if we take a closer look we can see how important their role was in the story. Their was an anticipation and expectation that great things were coming. In fact John, their son, was being prepared for his crucial part in the story. So, how do we prepare for our part in the story?

“When crowds of people came out for baptism because it was the popular thing to do, John exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to deflect God’s judgment? It’s your life that must change, not your skin. And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as ‘father.’ Being a child of Abraham is neither here nor there—children of Abraham are a dime a dozen. God can make children from stones if he wants. What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.”

The crowd asked him, “Then what are we supposed to do?” “If you have two coats, give one away,” he said. “Do the same with your food.” Tax men also came to be baptized and said, “Teacher, what should we do?” He told them, “No more extortion—collect only what is required by law.” Soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He told them, “No shakedowns, no blackmail—and be content with your rations.” The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”” Luke 3:7-15 MSG

Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but with imagination. Max Lucado

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern. Mother Teresa

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world. Norman Vincent Peale

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The Bible Project: Luke 1 & 2