Wow!! What a week! Not to get bogged down in details of the events of the last week – just to say- wow! What a week! Next week is going to a hectic time too. Which brings to mind one of satan’s favorite devices to keep us from God is that of busyness and he will use that one especially at this time of celebration- he wants us to get caught up in the shopping, in the hurrying, and in the mode of perfection, the food not only need to prepared perfectly but presented perfectly, and we tend to demand that perfection from our families too, and that is what the devil wants is to ruin our celebration with the friction that demanding perfection of ourselves and others brings about and is sure to develop into at least a quarrel or two and ruin everybody’s festive mood. We need to remember that we are no perfect nor are our families and friends, but it is at this time that we celebrate Perfection. The baby laid in the manager is the only perfect person that ever walked this earth. The only truly innocent person to ever live, we are not perfect only Jesus was perfect, he had to remain without fault to qualify to be the sacrificial Lamb. We are not perfect or sinless, but that is our goal, to imitate Jesus as much as possible, one thing I notice as I read the gospel accounts is that Jesus often got up early to pray, that sounds like such a simple thing, but we tend to make simple things complicated, if I want to get early I need to go to bed that much earlier and that may mean missing that favorite television show or skipping that before bed snack. That said I would like to challenge all of us to get up just 15 minutes earlier than normal for the next week and spend that few extra minutes in prayer and in the Word. This week would be a good time to go through once again the Nativity accounts found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke and go back to the Old Testament and go through the Messianic Prophecies. To make that easier I will list the Messianic prophecies here:
Ps 45:6,7 ; 102:25-27
These are the forth-tellings of Jesus first arrival, and we have His birth in detail and we know about the crucifixion and the resurrection, and we have covered a major portion or Revelation that deals with His return and establishing the Kingdom and reigning eternally. So now lets proceed to the rest of the story(as Paul Harvey would say) Lets jump clear to Revelation 22:20,21.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Now you know the last chapter of the Bible has 21 verses!( I am sure that bit of trivia could win you a daily double on Jeopardy!) Verse 20 states the fact that Jesus is coming quickly within the scope of God’s overall plan for this creation. This is a repeated theme throughout the book of Revelation. John adds the hope of all believers to the declaration of Christ by praying:
“COME, LORD JESUS!”
The book of Revelation opens and closes with the phrase, ” The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” implies that the message of grace and the free gift of eternal life in Christ (Eph 2:8,9) can be found in this book. So I will close by saying have a Merry and Joyous and Blessed Christ Mass and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!