“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
These were the last words in the Old Testament.
Then for 400 years, God was silent.
When He spoke again, Gabriel said these words to Zacharias:
He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.” (Luke 1:16-17)
Before the Advent comes the preparation.
How do we prepare?
Do we realize the importance of right relationships with those closest to us?
Do we understand that righteousness is the best course of action, that God lays out His standards because they are good for us?
Are we ready to receive Him?
Christmas is several days away. The coming of Christ in power and glory is in the future.
But Advent is now.
Are we prepared?