Advent · Joy · Make Room · Preparation · Sanctification

december 19…

Jeremiah's Menu-Make Room-Advent-Decrease

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7 NIV84

Mary and Joseph had to make room… because there was no room for them in Bethlehem…

room… place… translated from the Greek… topos… meaning…

1 place, any portion or space marked off, as it were from surrounding space. 1A an inhabited place, as a city, village, district 1B a place (passage) in a book 2 metaph. 2A the condition or station held by one in any company or assembly 2B opportunity, power, occasion for acting

–Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

To make room for Jesus… means we prepare… mark off a place in our hearts… our lives… for Him to rule… reign… live…

Prepare… make ready… put in a proper state of mind… work out details… plan in advance…

Mary planned ahead… I’m sure… packing clean cloths to swaddle her son… just in case He was born on the journey…

She knew the time was near…

In our current advent… waiting for the coming King… we too need to prepare…

Prepare our hearts… minds… souls for His arrival… which also could be imminent…

For those of us who believe… awaiting and preparing for His Kingdom to come… is a process called sanctification…

The time of waiting spent making room in our hearts… moving toward holiness… preparing for His return…

A preparation… which requires cleaning house… completely…!

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 13:44 ESV

A preparation of great joy…!

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