2 Thessalonians 2
1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
Before the Lord Jesus came the first time there was much written about it and so there was much anticipation at the wrong times. When He did come the people wanted a King instead of a Savior and so rejected Christ for not being what they wanted.
When Jesus ascended into heaven the angels told the followers that Jesus would come again in like manner as they saw Him go. He went in the clouds; He will come in the clouds. Those who saw Jesus ascend truly thought that He would return in their lifetimes. They anticipated His coming and they taught that He was coming. When Jesus did not come and some of them began to die off the teaching of the second coming became distorted. Some thought that Jesus had come and that they missed it. As you can imagine, this was a troubling teaching.
2000 years have now passed and the Lord still has not returned. In His longsuffering, God desires that more people receive His grace and be saved from their sin. So God waits. We are the ones who are to still anticipate Christ’s return for indeed, He could come back even today. What a joy it would be that on the day we celebrate the Savior’s first coming if He were return for His second coming. The true worshippers would be thrilled to see Him. Those living for themselves would not even know that the Savior, as King, had come. Let us be among those who are anticipating the return of the Lord Jesus. Let us be among those who are inviting others to anticipate His return with us. Let us be ready in every way so that when God’s time has fully come and Christ comes again we will be more ready than the world was at the first coming.
We will enjoy our regular Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study tonight. We will have youth group and kids club. See you then.
Saturday night, Christmas Eve, we are doing something a little bit different. Instead of having a formal service at the church, Bobbi and I are inviting those who are free to come join us at our home for a time of singing and rejoicing in the Savior’s birth and life. We will begin around 6:00.
Sunday morning we will have one service at 10:30 celebrating Christmas together in Christmas Day.
I am so grieved over the people who are suffering in Syria today. To watch an entire city reduced to rubble while its innocent inhabitants are trapped and suffering drives me to prayer. As an American, I wonder why our country has sat and watched this suffering happen without helping. Pray with me for people there to be saved both physically and spiritually.
Have a great day in the Lord,