Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Key verses: (5-6) “. . . for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; . . .”
Reflection: One day, Jesus will come again. As we approach Christmas, Advent invites us to think about the birth of Jesus, but also to think about the time when the Messiah will return. In the early decades after Jesus’ death and resurrection, followers of Jesus lived with the expectation that He would return at any time. Believers were charged to be ready, because no one knew when that time would be. They were invited to live their lives in expectation worthy of the gospel. This got more difficult as more time passed. Generations passed away. The original Apostles and disciples were gone and still Jesus hadn’t returned. Given our human nature, the Thessalonians needed a reminder of the original mission, and, so do we. It’s hard to wait, but as we wait, we are called to watch and pay attention to our own lives and what is happening around us. The early church believed that there were signs in the world around them pointing to Jesus’ return. Even today, some people sees the fires, earthquakes and floods as signs of something new about to be born. Yet, we are told we won’t know. It will be a surprise. So, we need to continue to work, to live in the light and not fall prey to living in darkness. If Advent is a time to renew our commitment to Christ, let it also be a time to remember that one day Jesus will come again. In the meantime, let us live as children of the light showing his love, acceptance, forgiveness and justice to others.
Prayer: Loving Messiah, one day you will return and all will be made right. The world as we know it will change. Help us to wait and watch with great expectancy as we live out your love in our lives by serving you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].