12/5 Saturday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/05/20
12/5 Saturday - Advent Season
O Come All Ye Faithful
This classic carol was published in 1751 and is attributed to several authors and composers, most commonly (as in our hymnal) John F. Wade. The song calls all faithful people to come and adore the newborn Christ. Although we are not able to witness Jesus in the manger, as the shepherds did, we can still adore him today in our everyday lives. This carol is an invitation to everyone across time and space to worship the Lord.
2 Peter 3:10
10 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 done in it will be laid bare.
This verse, written by the Apostle Simon Peter, warns of the last days, the end of the world when the Lord, who is Jesus Christ, returns as He promised. Why would Peter describe the long-awaited return of Jesus to Christians in such a fear-provoking manner?
The main theme of Peter’s second letter was warning Christians to stay away from false teachers. Some Christians of that time believed that, since they were saved by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, they could live immoral lives without worry, and engaged in lustful, greedy, and slanderous behavior. Other Christians of the time believed that the return of Christ was imminent, so they no longer needed to work to support themselves. Not only the Apostle Peter but also the Apostle Paul warned Christians of these misunderstandings that were spread by false teachers.
We know better. We believe that leading moral lives and showing love to others is part of our reflecting the appreciation we feel toward God from knowing we are saved. The love we feel from God we spread to all mankind. We know that Jesus Christ will return, but we just do not know when. By leading Christian lives, we are always ready.
Pray with us:
Heavenly Father, who sent Your Son to save us, we thank you for the gift of salvation, and for the guidance in Your Word written by the Apostles Peter and Paul. Please let Your Holy Spirit be within us, to guide us, and to give us patience until Your Son returns. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(Reflection and Prayer by Bill Ellis)