Advent – Week 2 – Thursday



May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16

How could our Lord Jesus Christ admonish, comfort, and strengthen you more lovingly? First, He says: “You will hear of wars, but do not be afraid!” (Luke 21:9). When He tells you not to be afraid, what else is it but bidding you to be confident, and to recognize such signs with joy? Secondly, He tells you to look up joyfully. Thirdly, you are to raise your heads; and fourthly, He mentions your redemption.

What is going to comfort and strengthen you if these words fail to do so? Could you believe that He is lying to you and wants to deceive you with a false confidence? Do not be one to whom these words are addressed in vain! Thank God and confidently rely on these words!

There is no other help or comfort if these words are consigned to the winds. It is not a matter of condemnation but of your redemption, Christ says for your consolation and comfort. Will you turn these words about and say it is not your redemption but your damnation as you flee from your own salvation?

Will you not greet God when He meets you, and will you withhold your thanks to Him when He greets you? Without a doubt these words so well spoken are also especially intended to help those who are inclined to be somewhat despondent and even fearful in regard to the things Christ sets forth as heralds of His coming.

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PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, fill our hearts with such confidence that we may recognize the signs which you have given us as heralds of your coming, and receive such signs with joy. Amen.