Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Planning Ahead

It was the Sunday before Christmas and the teacher of the fifth-grade class was reviewing the details of the birth of Jesus. With carefully chosen words, she talked about the difficult journey to Bethlehem. Then she said with sadness, “And when they arrived, there was no room for them in the inn. Wasn’t that terrible?”

George, after thinking for a moment about the vacations his family had taken and the careful, detailed plans they made said without thinking, “Why didn’t Joseph make a reservation?”

There will be many around us during this holiday season who will make no room – no reservation – for Jesus to be with them this year. We often remind each other that “He’s the reason for the Season” but do not take time to explain to others what that “reason” is. We are quick to condemn those who want to take “Christ out of Christmas” but do not take time to plant the message of Christ in their minds and hearts at Christmas. We place the manger scene under the tree, cover it with presents and then wrap it back up and forget about His birth and its significance for another year.

Hanging next to Jesus on a cross was a thief who was dying for crimes he committed. In his final moments, he turned to Him and said, “Jesus, remember me.” And Jesus said, “I certainly will! Today you will be with me in paradise.” The best day to make your reservation to be with Him is this day if you have not done so. Don’t delay!

Prayer: Your Word, Lord, declares with certainty: “Today is the day of salvation.” May we take advantage of this day and not risk the uncertainties of life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Luke 2:1-7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. 

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