God’s Peculiar Preparation

When we think of Christmas preparations we usually think of trees and lights and tinsel and stuff.  However, someone else prepared for the coming of Jesus.  No, I am not talking about Mary or Joseph.  I am talking about God.  No, I am not talking about the immediate preparation of angels or stars or wisemen.  I am talking about a preparation that goes back hundreds of years. 

We are familiar with God’s prophecies.  Yet, the preparation for the coming of Jesus is more than just God’s promise of Christ’s coming.  God also prepared us!  Yes.  He prepared the whole world for the coming of Jesus.  He prepared us not just for the baby.  He prepared us for His message.  He prepared us to receive His message.

How?  How did God prepare us?  He put His law in every heart.  What do I mean?  The Apostle Paul said in Romans 2, “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.” (14-15)  What does Paul mean? He means that everytime we object to someone’s sin against us or everytime we regret things that we have done wrong we show that we know God’s truth.  We know right from wrong.  Why does that matter?  It matters because right and wrong is that reality that everyone who comes to Jesus walks through.  No matter the culture.  No matter the philosophy. No matter the language, race, or creed the knowledge that we have a need that must be solved can be understood by all.  It is obvious to every honest person that we are imperfect.  We fail so miserably.  We especially fail our own moral compass.

Why do we even care?  We care because God has written the law on our hearts!  He has prepared us for Jesus’s coming.  Anyone can understand why we need a Savior.  The only question is, “Will we say yes to Him?”

Something to think about,
Pastor John

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