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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Advent, Day 4

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JOURNEY to the MANGER: Advent 2010

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
Alan Myatt

For centuries the people of Israel awaited the arrival of their Messiah with joyful expectation. Yet when he finally came, it was to a world filled with hostility. Many received him, but many others did not. Paul reminds the Thessalonians the persecution they are suffering is not unlike that experienced by Jesus himself. Everywhere the gospel goes there are those who oppose it. But Paul’s purpose is to encourage, by pointing out that the power of God prevails. It prevails in the transformed and redeemed lives of those who receive his word. Unlike their persecutors, they are not motivated by jealousy and sin. They are no longer under the wrath of God. They have been brought into the fellowship of love which causes Paul to rejoice and eagerly desire to see them face-to-face.

We too live in an age that is growing increasingly hostile to the gospel. Around the world Christians suffer grave persecution. Even in America there is growing intolerance of those who adhere to the truths of Scripture. But the power of God manifested in his Word remains as powerful today as in the days of the apostles. It changes our lives, and it has the power to transform those with whom we share it. And this gives us cause for rejoicing just as Paul rejoiced in the Thessalonians. As we see lives changed and prayers answered, we have confidence in the final triumph of the Lord. Let us share the good news with boldness!

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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