‘Tis the Season…

2 Dec

…For shopping till your feet want to fall off? Nope. For sending Christmas cards to everyone you have ever met? Not quite. For bouncing from party to party drinking your weight in egg nog? I don’t think so.

I’ve been thinking for a while about writing a short series on some of my thoughts on the season of Advent but just wasn’t sure how to go about it.  Then I remembered one of my favorite books.

The Jesus Storybook Bible. WHAT!?!? You’ve never heard of the Jesus Storybook Bible? FO SHAME! This beautifully written book by Sally Lloyd-Jones lives up to it’s tagline “Every story whispers His name.” Don’t be confused – This is a book geared towards kid’s but the creativity and freshness that it tells the gospel is amazing and will speak to hearts of all ages. From Creation to Noah’s ark pentecost, every story & illustration speaks of God’s rescue plan for His children! It brings me to tears every time I read it. So what better way to talk about the coming of our savior then to use excerpts from this great book. So let’s get started!

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Get Ready!

Jesus Storybook Bible page 175. Adapted from Malachi 1, 3 & 4.

I can’t stop loving you. You are my heart’s treasure. But I lost you. Now I am coming back for you.

I am like the sun that gently shines on you, chasing away darkness and fear and death. You’ll be so happy – you’ll be like little calves running free in an open field.

I am going to send my Messenger – The Promised One. The One you have been waiting for. The Rescuer.

He is coming. So, get ready!

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If you are following the church calendar, the season that we are in right now is called “Advent.” The word Advent means “arrival” or “coming.” The coming of our Savior! So the time leading up to Christmas day (the culmination of Advent) is the time we wait or anticipate the arrival of our Him!  Waiting is hard isn’t it! I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. I am the worst at it. So can you imagine when the book of Malachi was written (that’s the book that the above passage was adapted from) the Israelites had been waiting for a LONG time.  Centuries! Some of them had lived their whole life in waiting for their Messiah. OOF! That’s a long time. But God knew they were not ready. It’s hard to wait for things when you think you are ready for them but God has a different plan.

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Jesus Storybook Bible page 175

It had taken centuries for God’s people to be ready, but now the time had almost come for the best part of God’s plan. God himself was going to come. Not to punish his people – but to rescue them. God was getting ready to wipe every tear from every eye. And the true party was just about to begin.

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Waiting can sometimes be a good thing though. We learn a lot in the waiting periods in our lives. They can be times of preparation for us. Just like the Israelites were not ready yet for the Messiah to come we are not always ready for the things that we may be waiting for.

So can I encourage you during this time of waiting for Christmas to come; amidst the shopping, the Christmas cards or the egg nog take time to relish in the anticipation. There’s excitement that comes along with it, there’s lessons that come too.

I’m going to try and take time this season to relish in the anticipation. To get excited.

Our rescuer is coming! Get Ready!

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