You’ve probably heard that question many times in the last few weeks. People usually are asking if you have all of your shopping done, if the house is ready for company, and if all of your baking is done. Most of us have to say that we aren’t ready for Christmas. I tell people that I’m not ready because it isn’t the 24th yet. After all, why go shopping before the best sales which come on the 24th? But let me ask you that question, “Are you ready for Christmas,” and I’m not referring to the shopping or the house or the baking. Let me ask it in a different way, “Have you prepared your heart for Christmas?” Are you spiritually and emotionally ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus? The physical preparations seem important to us, but have you set aside time to focus our heart’s attention on the significance of the incarnation of our Savior?
That night, so long ago, the creator of all that exists took the form of a little child and was born in very humble conditions. He came to die for us on the cross to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to pay that price ourselves. He came to offer us forgiveness for our sins. He came to offer us hope of eternity beyond this life. More important than all of the shopping, etc. is the preparation of our heart for the arrival of our King. There never has been nor will there ever be a more significant event in all of human history. It is an event that demands our humble acceptance, our repentance and our faith in the Son of God– Immanuel, “God with us.” It is an event of such importance that every person on the face of this earth needs to acknowledge His coming. Most o fall, it is an event that we who are Christians need to keep alive in our hearts throughout the year as we serve him.
So, let me ask you again, “Are you ready for Christmas?”