Today’s Reading: Luke 12:35-40
“You also be prepared, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you don‘t expect.“ (St. Luke 12:40)
Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen. We’re seven days into Christmas and there is still no room for Jesus in our world.
Jesus is a stranger here. He’s not wanted. Oh, we’d like Him to be around, but we’d also like Him not to be when it’s inconvenient. There’s just not enough room for Him.
He is coming again soon. I know, He’s been saying that for nearly two thousand years and He’s still not here. But it’s not been that long for Him at all. A thousand years for Jesus is like a day. When He does return, He’s going to break into the world. He’s going to come in like a thief in the night. You don’t know when. Only the Father knows. If we did, we’d be prepared for Him. His unexpectedness is our Christmas gift for today.
If we knew when Jesus would be coming back, we’d take His return for granted. We’d wait until the absolute last minute on the Last Day to repent and change our behavior. We’d live for ourselves until the last possible moment. Wait, that’s how we live already!
But the Lord isn’t trying to scare you into good behavior. You should live better and do the right things. The commandments guide you on how to do that. Changing your behavior isn’t going to save you.
Prepare for the Lord’s return by confessing your sins and receiving His forgiveness. Repent of what you’ve done this year and how you have lived. Confess to God that you have sinned. You have lived as if He doesn’t matter and you matter most. You don’t deserve His mercy. You don’t deserve His forgiveness.
Receive the forgiveness of sins achieved by Jesus on the Cross and delivered to you in the Word today. Be cleansed in your Baptism. Be absolved in His Absolution. Be fed by His Body and Blood.
That’s how you prepare for the Lord to sneak into your world like a thief in the night! You watch in confession of your sins! You stay awake by repenting of your sins and receiving forgiveness.
You are ready for Jesus’ coming by faith. You are prepared by His Cross. You’ll be as awake as someone who has just been raised from the dead. In Christ, you are alive in Christ. Your lamps are burning with His Word. You’re clothed with Holy Baptism. You are ready for His Feast.
He is coming to you this year. Believe it. He’s going to make room for Himself in your world this coming year. Be ready in His repentance and forgiveness. Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.