Sunday, 2nd December, 2018 [Communion Service]
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Hymn of meditation: PH 227
Jesus Christ is King of all kings,
Every power is in Him only,
He is universal Lord.
Every tongue confess Him Lord now,
All must bow before Christ Jesus,
Honor give to Jesus Christ/:
The day is also observed on the Christian calendar as the first day of Advent and to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, it is marked as “The Aged Day”.On this occasion, the theme chosen for our meditation is “Look! Your Saviour Comes”.
The word ‘advent’ is from the Latin word “adventus” which means coming. The day is observed, starting from four Sundays before Christmas and ends on the eve of Christmas.It is a period in which we remind ourselves of the Jewish expectation of the coming of the Messiah.This expectation is fulfilled through the birth of Jesus Christ.We also remind ourselves of the second coming of our saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ.
We should know that…
God will always fulfil His promises. It took about 700 to 1000 years for the promise of God in Jeremiah 33:14-16 to be fulfilled.
“`The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, `when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. “`In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.’
… the Lord’s promises are sure and will come to pass in your life in Jesus’ name, Amen!
The second coming of the Lord is sure.
2 Peter 3:4
“They will say, “Where is this `coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”
How prepared are you for His second coming?
Will you be among the elect or the perish? Think about it and have a changed mind.
- His second coming will be to judge the world
- That will take place on either of these two occasions
▪Upon Christ’s coming whilst we are alive or
▪ Upon our death to go and account for our stewardship
So what should we do?
- Watch and pray, wait in expectation
- To be found holy and blameless on that day (1Thessalonians 3:9-13)
- Live a godly life (2 Peter 3:11-14a)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and with speed, it is coming.
- Live a careful life, else you will be taken unexpectantly.
“34 Be careful not to let yourselves become occupied with too much feasting and drinking and with the worries of this life, or that Day may suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all people everywhere on earth. 36 Be on watch and pray always that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Let us enjoy this festive season, remembering the Nativity story and celebrating the birth of Christ that led to our redemption. At the same time, be mindful of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ which is very close. Remember that He will surely come for the second time and this time, it is to judge us.