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.
For many Protestant churches, December is recognized as Advent. Advent simply means “coming.” Here Paul reminds the church that the Lord Jesus Christ is still coming. There were false teachers even in Paul’s day who were teaching that Christ’s second coming had already happened. Since the Christians, those who were the followers of Christ, were not aware of this, the false teachers told them that they missed it thus causing great trouble to their thinking. So Paul tells them that no, Christ has not come yet and don’t be shaken by their false teaching.
One of the greatest teachings of hope we have is that Jesus is still coming. We look forward the second Advent of Christ knowing that when He comes we will be taken from this mess and transported into His glorious presence. As we read the Bible we see that the second coming of Christ is imminent, that is, He could come at any time. For when Jesus ascended into heaven the angels told those watching that He was going to come back the same way they saw Him go. As this has not happened yet we are still waiting.
Jesus could return today. Wouldn’t that be awesome if He did! I am ready for His return and so is everyone who is secure in Him. Jesus is coming and we will be gathered to Him. At that moment all of the struggles of this life will come to a glorious end. We will meet Him in the clouds and will forever be with the Lord. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. As you focus on Christmas, make the second coming of Christ a part of that focus.
We had a great time Sunday morning at our church. The illustration box was a fun way to bring our attention to the Christ of Christmas. Thanks to all who worked to make that a fun and important reminder this Christmas.
Our Christmas caroling at Sunrise was a huge success. The people there were so thankful for our time and effort to bring the music of Christmas to them. I think we had twelve singers, including our four grandchildren and Lebo playing her violin, to lift up the name of the Savior. As I go back this morning they will be so very thankful for that gift to them.
Many of you remember Hannah Alexander who married Josh Csire. Josh’s brother and his wife had a second child who at one month old has contracted Hepatitis B which turned into meningitis. This little one has now faced all of the trials of this sickness and we are praying for her body to be healed. Join us in prayer for Brynlee Csire that God would raise her up. Pray for her parents as we know all too well the difficulties of a sick child.
Have a great day in the Lord,