Lana’s Christmas Message

Need some hope for the future?  While we celebrate Christ’s first coming at Christmas, we also look forward to his second coming soon.  My wife, Lana, shares how this affects her hope for the future.  Come and listen to what God might to say to you, too.  (Our kids sing, too!). (Recorded December 20, 1998)

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Verses To Read

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Rev 3:11) “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Rev 22:7) “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” (Rev 22:12) He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20) For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Cor 11:26) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Pet 3:8-14) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  (Luke 11:2-4) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you– even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. ( Acts 3:19-21)

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Hi this is Lana Elder and we are broadcasting a special Christmas message here at The Ranch. I am actually going to share with you in a few minutes what the Lord wanted me to share this time. As we celebrate Christ’s birth this time of year, He also wanted me to share with you about His Second Coming, when He comes again. I have my kids here and they wanted to sing a special Christmas song for you.

(Song)

Thanks for coming to hear a special message today. It is Christmas time here at The Ranch and we are getting ready to celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. My kids just cannot wait for Christmas day to get here. They are just so excited about Christmas coming each year, it just seems like it will never get here (they say). To me as an adult, Christmas seems like it is coming so quickly every year. Before I know it, it is Christmas time again.

Jesus Is Coming Again Soon

When I asked the Lord what He wanted me to share with you today. I felt like He said, He wanted me to let you know He was coming again soon. It just reminded me of my kids. We think Jesus is coming again “soon” and we can’t wait for Him to come the second time. But when I think about it more and I realize how much has to be done before He comes. How everyone needs to hear the gospel, the good news that Jesus came and is coming again, and they need to believe in Him. Then I think it is coming to quickly, His Second Coming. There is so much that has to be done.

I just wanted to share some scriptures with you that talk about His second coming and what we can do to be prepared for that. In Revelations, many times He mentions,

“I am coming soon.”

{You can take a look at these scriptures on the Message Notes portion of your screen.} He talks about His coming and how He is coming soon. We just need to be ready for that and to do what He has called us to do.

Paul even reminds us in Corinthians, that when we take communion we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It says in 1Corinthians 11:26

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

So He is coming again. Also, there is a great scripture in 2Peter 3:8-14 that talks about His coming again. Like I said before with my kids, you may think it’s NEVER going to happen. After all it has been almost 2,000 years since He came the first time as a baby in a manger. In the words of Peter it says,

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

That part right there, where it says, “God does not want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” That makes me think that things are going almost too quickly. That He is coming soon and we need to share with those that don’t know that they need to repent and turn to Him and make Him the Lord of their lives.

We Can Speed His Coming

It goes on to say in 2 Peter 3:10

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”

You see the verse 12 he says, “As you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” We can speed His coming by both praying and doing what He has called us to do. Which is sharing the gospel of Jesus. God wants everyone to come to repentance so that no one would perish. As we share the gospel, as we share the good news, it is actually speeding His coming. Everyone needs to hear before He comes back. There is another scripture in Acts 3:19-21

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you– even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”

So this scripture is just talking about how we need to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus before He comes back. And He will come back.

Jesus even in the Lord’s Prayer talks about praying for that kingdom to come. Here’s part of that scripture, he says, Luke 11:2-4

“When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,

Jesus was praying for that kingdom to come. In summary, I just want to say this; Jesus is coming back again and soon. I just want you to be prepared for that and to prepare others as well by sharing with them the good news.

My kids wanted to sing another Christmas song for you and I’m just going to let them share that song with you right now. I will come back and share the most important news about His coming again and what we need to do to prepare others for His coming.

The Reason Jesus First Came

I just want to share with you the reason that Jesus came in the first place. This time of year we celebrate His birth and some people don’t know why it is that Jesus came in the first place.

There is a scripture that says,

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23.

We have all sinned, I myself have sinned, and every single person on this earth has sinned. The scripture says, “Everyone has sinned.” In the Old Testament when someone sinned there needed to be a sacrifice to God for that sin. Many times they would take a spotless lamb, one without blemish, and sacrifice it to God for that sin they had committed. When Jesus came into the world, He became that spotless lamb. He had no sin in His life – He had never sinned. He was willing to give His life up on the cross and sacrifice His life so we could be clean and go to heaven and be with God forever.

There is a scripture in John 3:16 that you may know,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believed in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”

My pray is that you would BELIEVE in Jesus, who died for your sins. So that you could be with God up in heaven when your time ends on this earth and before He comes the second time. I would just like to close in pray. Just to pray that if you have never prayed to receive Jesus and to believe in Him that you could go and be with Him. I would like to pray with you and also to pray for those who believe and are anticipating His Second Coming. I pray that you would be able to speed His coming by sharing with others the good news of His Son Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Let’s just pray

Oh dear Lord, I just thank You for this time. I thank You that You are so good and that You sent Your Son Jesus. The first time as a baby in a manger and as He grew He became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Lord, I pray for those people right now that want to believe in Your Son, I pray right now Lord that you would forgive their sins

If you want to pray right now, I pray that you would just say these words

“I have sinned Lord and I am sorry. I confess that I have done wrong in my life and that I need You, Jesus Christ, to save me from my sins. Lord, I just want to follow You and make You the Lord of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross for my sins.”

I am just so excited if you did pray that prayer and I just pray that you would feel the peace that only Jesus can give.

I also just want to pray, too, for the believers out there who are anticipating Your Second Coming. I pray that You would put a burden on their heart to share this message with others. That they would want others to know about Your Son Jesus. That they would be able to share what He has done for them so that the whole world can come to repentance and believe that You are the Lord and You are coming again a second time.

I just thank You, God, for being such a good God. We just pray Marantha Yeshua that you would come a second time and that You would come quickly Lord. In the right time that we would have enough time to share with those we love. I pray in Jesus Name. AMEN.

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