Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 28, 2014

Meditation for the Week of December 28, 2014

 

 

“Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in Heaven, not the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake.” – Mark 13:32-33

  

As Winter comes to its culmination, I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to hibernate. Between the cold, and the darkness, there’s nothing that sounds better than crawling into bed for a long winter’s nap as the story goes.

As we hear the words of our Lord, He gives us a warning, though. “Keep awake,” He says. Now He’s not saying that we can never close our eyes and get a good night’s rest. What He is saying, though, is that we should always be aware of the fact that He is returning. When He says, “Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows,” Jesus is talking about the fact that someday, He will return. Our crucified, risen and ascended Lord will return, and when He does He will come judging between the righteous and the wicked, between those who lived in faith and those who refused to trust in Him. In fact He says, “They will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send out His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of Heaven.” When Jesus comes back, He will take those who are His elect, and they will live with Him forever in Heaven.

The devil, the world, and our own broken, sinful human nature do not like this. They refuse to hear the fact that we are sinful, and need someone to come and rescue us. And so, they want us to sleep. They want us to be distracted by the things of this world, to not do the things to which we are called, to not listen to what Jesus said, and trust Him and Him alone. They want us to crawl up into our spiritual winter hibernation, because that’s just easier to do.

But Jesus promises He will come. He will come at the end of time, and before that He will come calling for those who are not living, calling them from this life. That is something we should keep in mind as we are now in the month of Christmas.

However, being in the month of Christmas, we also remember the fact that Jesus came once already. He came already to save us from all of our sin. He came to rescue us from the devil, the world and our sinful selves. He came as that child in the manger, to grow into the man who was crucified and died, so that just as He has risen and ascended, we too will be raised, and to those who trust in Him, He has given the gift of joining Him in His ascension to live with Him in eternal joy. So stay awake and watch for this second coming, so that you may enjoy the benefits of when Jesus came as that baby in Bethlehem. Amen.

 

 

Our Weekly Prayer         

Dear Jesus, we know not when you will return. Keep our eyes fixed always on you so that we might not fall into the slumber of sin, but may remain always in faith in You, and in Your grace won for us. Amen.