As much as I love to entertain guests in my home, there are times when I loathe company. Two conditions can affect this response to visitors.
1). The state of my home. If my house is unkempt, I cower at the thought of someone coming to visit.
2). My response also depends upon the relationship I have with the visitor. The better I know them (and they know me) the more comfortable I feel at their forgiving my less-than-tidy abode.
My reading plan has brought me to the Gospel of Luke. This morning I basked in the worship of Zechariah. The text describes him as a righteous man (ref Lk 1:6). He blessed God and prophetically spoke of their coming visitation. In the same praise-breath, he blessed God for their redemption.
Zechariah was filled with words of praise and worship after an imposed silence for his unbelief. He exulted in God for the expected visit by their Redeemer. Their salvation would soon be at hand. Filled with the Spirit, he spoke in past tense terms, of this as having already been accomplished.
The covenant people of God knew not when their Promised Messiah would come. At long last, after centuries of waiting, the forerunner to His coming was in the world. The miraculous visitation from On High was nearing.
When our “homes” are in less-than-desirable condition, a visit from The Holy Messiah could be disconcerting. With each tick of the clock, His Reappearing is nearing. Is your house ready? How well do you know the One that's coming?
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,”
Bless You, Jehovah God! In Christ You have raised up a horn of salvation for us. May You receive eternal glory and honor, praise and adoration. Prepare us, Lord, the redeemed of Jesus, for Your return visit. Use us to help others “get their house in order” by accepting Your Righteousness, to become living temples of the indwelling Holy Spirit. To welcome them with Your grace into Your household.