“But when the day of the festival comes, then most of the citizens, being exhausted with the Rush, lie in bed till noon. But in the evening they eat five times as much supper as on other days and, crowning themselves with crowns of paper, they become intoxicated.” Exmas and Christmas” by C.S. Lewis more
“But when the day of the festival comes, then most of the citizens, being exhausted with the Rush, lie in bed till noon. But in the evening they eat five times as much supper as on other days and, crowning themselves with crowns of paper, they become intoxicated.” Exmas and Christmas” by C.S. Lewis
How Did God Get Us Ready for Christmas?
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son and she shall call His name Emanuel.”
Matthew 1: 21 -23, “She will bear a son…says the angel…you shall call His name Jesus, it is He who will save His people from their sins. Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son and they shall call His name Emanuel, which translated means God with us.'”
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Luke 1:1-2
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, Luke 1:3
so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:4
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Luke 1:5
Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. Luke 1:6
But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1:7
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Get Ready for Christmas by Getting Quiet
Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. Luke 1:10
Get Ready for Christmas by Getting Holy
The Prophecy of Simeon
25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Ge Ready For Christmas by Following the Holy Spirit
27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised.
30 I have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared for all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Get Ready by Worshipping Fasting and Prayer
36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God.
Get Ready by Telling Everyone the True Story
She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. 39 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.
Jeremiah 33:14 to 16 is another text that speaks to this, “Behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah, in those days and at that time I will cause a righteous branch of David to spring forth and he shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. In those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell in safety and this is the name by which she shall be called…that is Judah and Jerusalem…the Lord is our righteousness. And this king who comes to establish this glorious kingdom of justice and righteousness, this one will come as a branch through David’s family.”
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. An eternal one will be born in Bethlehem.
‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews, for we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’ And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he began to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. And they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet.'”For so it has been written. And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers or leaders of Judah for out of you shall come forth a ruler who will shepherd My people, Israel.”
The Old Testament even alludes to the fact that our Lord would also come from Egypt. In Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a youth, I loved him and out of Egypt I called My Son…out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Matthew 2:13-15, “Behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, ‘Arise, take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to destroy Him.’ And he arose and took the child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt and was there until the death of Herod that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘Out of Egypt did I call My Son.'”
Isaiah 53:7, “He was oppressed, He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth, like a lamb that is led to slaughter, like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth”
“while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Pilate said to Him, ‘Do you not hear how many things they testify against You?’ He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge.”
Psalm 22:16. “Dogs have surrounded Me, abandoned evil doers. They pierced My hands and feet.”
They will look on Him whom they have pierced.
Luke 24:39 “see My feet that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
“No bone of His body would be broken in His crucifixion.”
John 19:36 says, “For these things came to pass, they did not break His bones to fulfill the Scripture, Not a bone of Him shall be broken
“They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!”
“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry BooHoo!”
“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”
So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
And what happened then? Well…in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he, HE HIMSELF! The Grinch carved the roast beast!