“Many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:24)
Okay. What does this wreath of candles mean?
Some people think December is all about what Santa will bring. But that’s for babies.
Much more important to mediate on the holy prophets of old who longed for the Messiah to come, who longed for the Savior to come.
And He did not come to give us stuff, like video games. He came to give us wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, piety, strength, and awe. In other words, He came to make us children of God, to give us the present of: true life, eternal life, spiritual life.
We could play video games from now until kingdom come and never really be happy. But to receive the joy of Jesus, to share His life—now, that is a gift. A gift greater than anything currently available on Amazon.
Back to the holy prophets of old: They waited patiently. They prayed. They studied the Scriptures. They worshiped God and gave Him His due. They hoped for tomorrow, trusting completely in the promises that God had made. They were all very poor, but they couldn’t be bothered to notice that. They ate locusts.
Let’s spend December imitating them. Let’s spend December focusing on the Messiah, on Jesus, and His priceless spiritual gifts. Let’s keep Advent like the ancient prophets. Then we will really have a merry Christmas, when the day comes.
We can say to mom and dad and all our friends and family: “You know what? Just give me an orange for Christmas. Just one nice orange. That’s all I want. Or a pair of gloves. Just give me one Hershey Bar on Christmas morning. That’s really all I want. Because I want to focus on Jesus. I want to go to church and sing hymns to the newborn Son of God. That’s the kind of Christmas that will really make me happy.”