“A voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough way smooth.
And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’ ” (Luke 3:4-6 NIV)
Expectations- anticipate excitement within. It’s like sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to open a gift. Even most stoic individuals are wired with this emotion. Life suppresses excitement if we allow. This is the exact reason scripture speaks of childlike faith. Unless we look at faith through innocence, we may miss this gift.
The above words of Isaiah written in the book Isaiah, prophesied all mankind would see God’s salvation. Salvation is available for all mankind. Anticipation of Jesus’s birth set forth an expectation of greater things to come. Remains true today. There will never be a greater gift than God sending his one and only son, Jesus to earth. He poured out his love for you and me. For our brothers and sisters around the world, and those who have yet believed.
There is nothing to fear. In Luke 2:10,11 an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” This scripture alone stirs excitement- anticipate more about Jesus Christ. A Savior, a great joy for all people.
Why do people reject joy? This precious life, as we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, desires to save us from eternity in hell. To fill every valley- take down circumstances and lift us from the enemy’s grip. Every mountain and hill to be made low- to help remove barriers from our path. All so crooked roads become straight, turning rough ways smooth. Paths cleared to meet Jesus. Please tell me- if you have never accepted this gift, will you accept Jesus today. Click on salvation, I will pray this prayer with you.
Christmas Eve- let’s anticipate the greatest gift being received. All honor and glory due Him- Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of all. Our Pastor’s sermon Sunday will be on my all time favorite list, Worth the Journey. Here is a link.
Be encouraged! Merry Christmas!