Saturday, 13 December 2014

Producing fruit for Christmas?

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptising, he said to them: ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3: 7-8

John the Baptist has always been a disturbing character. Advent is about preparing our hearts for the coming (and coming again) of Jesus, rather than preparing for Christmas. But I don’t want to wake up, first thing in the morning, to this - being accused of being among a brood of vipers. A bad day just got worse!

Oh dear, is that the point Lord?

May I need disturbing (again!). There is little point knowing the carols off by heart if I do nothing about their truth.

Maybe that's where we all need to start producing repentance fruit? Maybe this Advent we stop thinking about God in a manger, but start acting as if he's already come?

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