Summary: We can misfocus what is important at Christmas, remember Jesus is the reason for the season.
GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
As a kid we would play Hide and Seek, we would count, then yell...HERE I COME READY OR NOT....
ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS? What Christmas message are we teaching? What are you really teaching others?
1 Cor. 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not,
the Son of Man cometh.
Mark 14: 37 - 41 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou?
couldest not thou watch one hour?
38: Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
39: And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
40: And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist
they what to answer him.
41: And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is
enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
John 14:1-2 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2: In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you.
WE MUST GET READY AND STAY READY FOR THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS!
A. SEEMS WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY TO SOMEWHERE SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. I often refer to how easy we can understand a journey as we see Dorothy trying to return home, where she didn’t appreciate while she was there,we see her journey, but we can’t see we are on a journey?
We need help? Guidance?
Remember the journey in the Wizard of OZ? The METHOD was the YELLOW BRICK ROAD, and it lead to OZ, not the Blue Road, but they had to follow the Yellow Brick Road.
1. THERE WAS SOMEONE WITH ALOT OF QUESTIONS, AND THERE WERE FEW ANSWERS.
The ToDo, Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and DOROTHY HAD A SERIOUS PROBLEM: Where is the brian? Worry is killing us? I have lost my heart, compassion? How do we get home?
2. HOW DO WE GET TO KANSAS FROM HERE?
We are all getting ready to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz. The power is within yielding to Jesus.
3. THE JOURNEY WAS LONG AND HAD MANY OBSTACLES.
Wicked witch, snow, fire, fear, flying monkeys,
4. GET READY TO MET THE WIZARD OF OZ?
And now, with the prospect of meeting him in just a few moments, they had to GET READY.
Preparations had to be made in their appearance, if they were to stand before the Great Oz.
4. WHEN THEY GOT THERE THE WIZARD OF OZ COULD NOT SEE THEM.
Reality was reality and there was no hope FROM A MAN
5. THERE IS A GREATER THAN OZ...
Dorothy and her friends had been traveling in search of this someone that could help them.
6. THEIR JOURNEY HAD PREPARED THEM.
The lion had stood up to adversity. The tin man felt sorrow and had a heart.
The scarecrow had used his brains to help.
All Dorothy had to do was click her heels and say THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
B. THE KING IS COMING TO US, WE MUST PREPARE TO MEET HIM. WE MUST LISTEN TO THE VOICE...