Are you Ready for Christmas?

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“Are you ready for Christmas?” asked the barista as she prepared a warm, winter drink at my local coffee house. “No, not at all,” replied the customer. Then, while she waited for her drink, she went on to relay the long list of gifts she still had yet to purchase for her family.

As I sat listening to this conversation the other day, my heart began to sink. Was the customer’s response a fitting answer to the question? Is that what it really means to be “ready for Christmas?” Is preparedness for the advent of our Lord simply relegated to having all of the gifts wrapped under the tree, the fridge full of prepared menu items for Christmas dinner, the family over for a gathering, the Christmas cards in the mail, or any other earthly thing that has come to mark the “Christmas season” here in America? Is it possible that we have come to miss the true meaning of Christmas all together?

What is a fitting response to the question, “are you ready for Christmas?” If Santa, gifts, food, family, cards, jingle bells, mistletoe, ornaments, carols, Christmas trees, lights, reindeer, or any other thing be stripped away this holiday season, would it still be possible to experience the fullness of Christmas? What exactly is the true meaning of Christmas anyway?

In an effort to help answer this very question, Pastor John MacArthur delivered a comprehensive message, “The People Who Missed Christmas,” on this very issue from Luke chapter 2. While this message was originally delivered in 1979, the timeless truth of God’s Word makes it incredibly relevant today. I commend it as a means of growing in understanding of this very issue … and to help cultivate a fitting response to the question, “are you ready for Christmas?” 

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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