Jesus is Coming! What preparations do we need to make before Jesus comes? Climb a tree to get a good vantage point? Put his money to work? Spread your cloak on the road? These were all mentioned in Luke 19 as ways people prepared for Jesus’ coming.
The wealthy, though short, tax collector Zacchaeus was curious about this Jesus who was coming into town. Not wanting to miss out he climbed a tree to make sure he could see Jesus.
In the Parable of the Ten Minas, during the master’s absence most of the servants took what had been entrusted to them (a mina – about three months wages) and put it to work to earn more – and were rewarded for their work.
When the crowd heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem they gathered to pay him honor as they spread their cloaks in the road in front of the colt carrying Jesus. And with loud voices they joyfully praised God for the miracles they had witnessed Jesus perform: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest”. (Luke 19:38)
This greeting reminds me of the words spoken by the great company of the heavenly host about 33 years earlier when the angels were telling the shepherds of the birth of Christ. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14).
No doubt, today, Christmas Eve, many many preparations will be made – supposedly in preparation to celebrate the birth of a King. In the midst of our busyness how will we actually prepare for Jesus? What will we do and say and give and pray TODAY to celebrate his FIRST Coming in a way that will honor him? Perhaps there will be some things that we decide we will NOT do, in order to better celebrate Jesus’ coming.
And, EVERY day – how will we prepare for his SECOND coming?
Will we take the time and effort to seek out Jesus as Zacchaeus did? Will we joyfully accept his invitation to meet together and then find ourselves changed – repentant and obedient – because of the time we spend in his presence?
Will we take the talents, time, possessions and minas/money we have been given and diligently be trustworthy in using them to prepare for the coming return of our Savior – spreading the word, growing the church, and caring for the lost? Or will we be like the scared servant who just hid away the treasure that he was responsible for – and even what he had was taken from him?
Will we work at honoring Jesus, the Son of God who is indeed coming to be crowned king in a kingdom like no other. Will we give of ourselves, not afraid to get our clothes a little dirty, not ashamed to speak boldly, not persuaded to keep quiet by the Pharisees in our midst? For if we don’t speak – even the stones will tell of his greatness (Luke 19:40).
I pray we celebrate his first coming well while we wisely and diligently prepare for his even greater second coming!
Jesus is Coming!