Anticipating His Coming
December is here, and we’ve entered the time of year when it feels like we are always busy getting ready for something. Whether it’s decorating Christmas trees and our houses, purchasing gifts, sending cards, baking treats, or attending or hosting parties and get-togethers, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity that leads up to our celebration of Christmas.
This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, which is a season of preparation and anticipation before we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. But during Advent, the ways we get ready go beyond decorations and gifts, it is a time for preparing our hearts for Christmas, and remembering what Jesus’ birth means for us and for the world.
In this time when we remember Christ’s arrival on earth more than 2,000 years ago as our Emmanuel, “God with us,” we also remember Jesus’ promise that he will come again. As we celebrate the birth of the newborn King in Bethlehem, we look forward to when our Lord and Savior, our Messiah and King, will return to dwell with us forever.
As you prepare for Christmas this year, take some time to reflect on the birth of Jesus and why it matters. A great way to do this is to study some of the prophesies of Christ’s coming. Here are just a few to get you started, but there are many more throughout the Old Testament:
As you read these passages, how do you see Jesus’ birth fulfilling these prophesies? Are there any parts of these prophecies we are still waiting to see fulfilled when He returns? What will you do this year as you get ready for Christmas to make sure that preparing your heart is at the forefront of your activities?
Devotional by Gwynne Watkins