Summary: the second in our advent series
Are You Prepared for Christmas?
This is the third Sunday in our Advent colander and today will be our third message in our Advent series. Two weeks ago we looked at what is in a name and in that sermon we saw the some names this child would be called. We also looked at why this child would be called those names. Today I have titled my message “Are You Prepared for Christmas,” because we need to have some things ready before Christmas comes. I do not mean we need a tree decorated, our houses lit up or even our ingredients for Christmas dinner. I do not mean that all your gifts are bought and wrapped.
Christmas is a time that we celebrate the coming of our savior as a child. We celebrate our savior becoming flesh and blood. We celebrate the coming of the one who is going to deliver us from our sins. Christmas is the time that we celebrate the beginning of human life of our LORD and SAVIOR. Christmas is a time that we sing songs that wishes good will to men. We sing songs that state joy to the world, God with us and peace on earth.
I want to ask you if are you prepared to meet this child that has walked where angels have trod? Are you prepared for the time in which you will answer for all that you have and have not done? Are you prepared to meet the Messiah and to give an account for what you have done with HIM?
Are you prepared to meet the child that we call the Messiah, the promised one that will deliver us from our captivity sin and save us from the evil one? Lets look at our scripture and see how to get prepared for this coming time of the year.
You may say after reading all of verse one and part of verse two, what does this have to do with being prepare? Well Luke, being a historian and a doctor will show us several things concerning both history and being a doctor but here he tells us of history. He is telling us about what the date of this is happening and by telling us what he is telling us we know that this has happened around 27-29 AD. I believe that it also tells us how things were then. You may recognize some of these names: Caiaphas as being the high priest when JESUS was brought before the religious leader. Annas was mentioned also when JESUS was brought to trial. These people mentioned were some of the obstacles that both JESUS and John had to face both religiously and politically.
Also in these first couple of verses we see that Luke, historian, was showing us that John is the promised prophet foretold by the prophet of Isaiah. By stating that the word of the LORD came to John Luke was trying to show that John was a prophet because this is what marks most prophets as being prophets.
In verses three to six we can begin to look at our title and answer our question of are you prepared for Christmas. If Christmas is a time that we look forward to the coming of the promised one, the Messiah, and this one is going to deliver us from our captivity and save us from the evil one and our sins we must know what we must do to be prepared to receive the MESSIAH. Here we see what we must do to be prepared for Christmas: be baptized from repentance for the forgiveness of our sins.