A Time of Preparation- Getting my mind and heart ready

Since Thanksgiving came earlier this year, we have many days in November left before entering Advent which begins December 1.   This week I want to prepare myself for the coming of Jesus so I can better absorb the Christmas messages.  Hebrews 2:9 speaks of Jesus’ coming and the position it put Him in to come to earth.  “But we do see Jesus, who Hebrews 2-9 Jesus Made A Little Lower Than Angels brownwas made lower than the angels for a little while [by taking on the limitations of humanity], crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering of death, so that by the grace of God [extended to sinners] He might experience death for [the sins of] everyone.” AMP    The author of Hebrews wanted us to see and know how Jesus lowered himself to come to earth.  Being in a human body placed him lower than the heavenly beings He had created in the heavens and with mortal man who He has also created.  The Creator Himself came to earth.   Why?  The verse tells us God’s purpose in coming- to extend grace to us sinners and to save us from the penalty of death.  Because of my sin, Jesus came to save me and restore me.  Psalm 103: 3-5 sums it up perfectly.  Jesus “who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit  and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”    

psalm 103 4As we move towards December 1, let us be mindful of why Jesus came and what His coming accomplished for us.  Praise God that He came to forgive, heal, and redeem me from the penalty of eternal death for my sin and crowns me with His abundant love and compassion.  He alone satisfies my soul.

My prayer this week:   Thank you Jesus for coming.  I know it was at great cost to you both spiritually and physically.  There is nothing I can do to repay you for your gift, but I give you my love and devotion praising you for your mercy and grace towards me.  I am restored because you came.  I am forgiven because of your sacrifice.  I am humbled by your love, mercy and devotion to me.  Thank you Jesus for coming.   Amen.

Blessings as we anticipate His arrival,

Linda

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