Christmas Is Coming

Mark 1:1

Mark's gospel account is shorter than the others. He spent no time on preliminaries, he gets to the point and he gets there quickly. Note verse one. "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God."

He is determined to leave no room for mistake concerning the person of his Master, he at once accords to Him His full title, "Jesus Christ, Son of God."

Mark then introduces John the Baptist whose ministry was to prepare the world for the coming of Christ. The world then was not so different than the world remains today. It was mostly made up of religious and non-religious people, neither of which had the Lord.

The heathen of the day liked their sin and didn't want Christ. The religious of the day didn't think they needed Christ. So, when Christ came, He was rejected by Jews and Gentiles alike. They weren't ready for Christmas. The question today is this, "Are we ready for Christmas?" I am not asking whether you have completed your shopping or even whether you have started! The question before us is simply this, as Christ comes to us, will we receive Him or reject Him?

The four Gospel books were written-to give the world the "Good News" of Christ. That is why John the Baptist preached the "Good News" of Christ's coming. The Gospel prepares us for Christmas.

I. The Origin Of The Gospel (v.1)

II. The Preparation For The Gospel (v.2)

III. The Forerunner Of The Gospel (v.2-8)

The month of December has arrived, and this is the time of year that we remember and celebrate the birth of the Savior. Are we ready? The Gospel prepares us for Christmas.

John the Baptist urged people to get ready for the Messiah. Thank God for His mercy in the gospel. Without it there would be no plan for our salvation; there would be no possibility of our redemption.

John prepared the people of his day for the coming of Christ, by what he said and what he did. Are you ready for Christmas? Its coming whether we like it or not-whether we are ready or not.

Jesus came to this earth to become our Savior and Lord. Have we accepted Him? Each time we consider His first coming, we are reminded that the Bible teaches us that Jesus is coming again! But the next time He comes He will come in judgment. Are you ready for Christ to come?

(Rev 22:12) "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."