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5 December 2016

Monday 5 December

[Matthew 3: 11-17]

Be Prepared - For The Unexpected

Are you ready? Yes? But ready for what?

For weeks now Christmas goodies and music have been filling the shops, our streets are decked with sparkling lights, television adverts are urging us to buy everything to make this Christmas perfect. People are excited, wanting to get ready. Imagine if your best friends called and said they would come round and help you decorate the house for Christmas – they would make it look the best ever. So you buy the Christmas tree, get out the baubles, tinsel and lights, and you’re all ready when they arrive. What a surprise if you open the door to find them in overalls, carrying paint pots and brushes! They obviously think your house needs something rather more radical than tinsel and twinkling lights.

John the Baptist knew that the One they had been waiting for would soon be appearing. The Messiah, the Anointed Saviour, who would be the answer to all their hopes and dreams, who would restore their lives to what they should be. But how would this work out? What would he do?

We sometimes get hold of the wrong end of the stick, and our expectations are tailored to suit what we think we need. But Jesus Christ came to walk alongside us to show us what the Kingdom of God really looks like, giving us, through his example, a Masterclass in repentance, obedience and humble readiness. May we be ready to encounter him as we remember his First Coming, and prepare for his Second.

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 36-40