THE SECOND WEEK IN ADVENT – TUESDAY
LESSON: LUKE 17:20-30
When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads. Luke 21:28
If we are to pray fervently that God’s kingdom may come, then it is certainly necessary that we should look forward to these signs, horrible as they may be, with joy and eager longing, as Christ admonishes us when He tells us to raise our heads. He means to say, “Do not be afraid or lower your heads, for the object of our earnest prayers is coming.”
If, then, we are really in earnest about getting rid of our sins, death, and hell, we must look forward to this coming with eager and loving longing. In anticipation of this day, St. Paul declares: “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on the Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8.
If He gives the crown to all who have loved this appearing, what will He give to those who have hated it and been afraid of it? Without a doubt He must assign them to hell as His enemies!
Likewise, in the Epistle to Titus, Paul says that we await “our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:3. In Luke’s Gospel we read that we should “be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast.” Luke 12:36.
PRAYER: Thanks be to you, dear Savior, for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation which you have procured for us by your suffering and death for us, and by which we also await your coming in joy and confidence, for your mercy’s sake. Amen.