As we make ourselves ready to celebrate Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus will return in the clouds attended by His angels and will judge the living and the dead and we are driven to ask the question, “O, Lord, How shall I Meet You, How welcome you aright?” (LSB 334) Given our go-go-go do-do-do lifestyle - how are we to prepare for Jesus return? How are you made ready something when we don't know when it's going to occur?
Jesus came to accomplish much more than simply giving us a pass for our sinful behaviors and actions. He came not only to win forgiveness. He came to give us true life. He came not only to save us from everlasting death and eternity in the lake of fire, but He came to make us new creatures able to love and serve Him in this world even as we await the world to come.