Make Ready, O Manger: Preparing for Christ

Today and tomorrow’s readings are about the kingdom of God and the Last Day (Luke 17:20-37). Friday’s reading (Luke 19:12-28) is about the judgment.

Why are we reading about Christ’s second coming during the Nativity season? The Kingdom of God is revealed to us by the King Who came first as a child and will come again as Judge.

How are we preparing for the birth of Christ? How do we prepare for Christ’s arrival on the Last Day? In the same way: Repentance.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them” (Luke 17:26-27). 

During the 100 years while Noah was building the ark, the people had time to repent and join him. They didn’t. The people had the same opportunity in the days of Lot, but instead “they ate, they drank, they planted, they built” (Luke 17:28-29). 

They were immersed in the things of this life and did not repent; even though, in the days of Noah, a saint lived among them, and, in the days of Lot, the people were visited by angels. What will it take for us to go to confession? When will we finally forgive and ask for forgiveness?

May this be the season we truly prepare for the coming of Christ!  Jesus, “Who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

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