Advent Devotion – Wednesday, December 19

Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 

Centering Verse: For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

Explore:

  • What are your feelings about the second coming of Jesus Christ? Does it frighten you, give you hope, or a little of both?  Why so?
  • How do you experience resurrection power even now in life before death?

Reflect:

Even in the season of Advent, our focus is fixed upon resurrection.  There is no greater theme in all of Christianity than resurrection.  In our present waiting for the final consummation of the Kingdom of God, the fulfillment of our waiting will be ushered in with resurrection.  The Christ child came, above all, to give us life.  He was not content with being born to live a good life only to end in the finality of death.  He came to live among us, die for us, and then defeat death personally and on the behalf of us all.  The purpose of Advent is to lead us to Easter and beyond.  The Kingdom of God is always looking forward, seeing the things that are in light of how they will be.  As we approach Christmas Day, do not look upon it as the completion of Advent, but as the next step along the way toward the victorious return of the resurrected and glorified Christ.  How might you move forward in that hope?

Closing Prayer: LORD God, move us forward toward your goals.

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