November 23, 2010 - Tuesday of the Last Week

Today's Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Daily Lectionary: Daniel 3:1-30; Revelation 20:1-15

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (I Thessalonians 5:4-5)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It is not fun to have your possessions stolen from you. I think we would all agree on that. So, if you knew for certain that someone was going to attempt to steal something from you, but you didn’t know when it would happen, what would you do? If you were wise, you’d be ready for it and try and protect your possessions. If you were foolish, you’d go around saying “I have peace and security” and leave your possessions out in the open. The point is, while you don’t know when it would happen, it shouldn’t surprise you and it should not worry you.

Paul uses this illustration to teach the Thessalonians. They weren’t worried about their possessions being stolen. They were worried about when Jesus would come back. They were worried that they would not be ready or that they might miss it. Now, Paul isn’t equating Jesus to a thief, but He is telling them that they have no need to worry about that day. He tells you the same thing.

Why shouldn’t you worry? You should not worry because you know the outcome and because you are in Christ. We don’t know when Jesus will come back, just as we don’t know when we will die. What do we know? We know that “Jesus died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we might live with him” (I Thessalonians 5:10).

You don’t know the day or the hour, but it also won’t surprise you, because you know it will come. You confess it every week in the Creed. You are not in the dark; you are in the light. You are “children of light” because you have been baptized in Christ, the one who is the Light of the World. In your baptism, you have put on Christ. You have the “breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.” In your baptism you have already been buried with Christ, and He gives you the promise of the Resurrection. That is something that no thief can take from you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide, For round us falls the eventide. O let Your Word, that saving light, Shine forth undimmed into the night.” (LSB 585:1)