Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Daily Lectionary: Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 22:1-21

God didn’t appoint us to wrath but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us so that we would live together with Him whether we wake or sleep. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is coming again. He promised. He came the first time, too, just like He said He would. He keeps His promises. So, He’ll come again, like a thief. He will come not only when you don’t expect Him, but when you least expect it! And what will you be wanting, saying, or doing?

The world says, “Don’t worry about it! Peace and safety!” Your flesh believes it, too. You’re selfish—doing what feels right, putting you first. You’re for team “me.” You can party, live it up, ask for forgiveness later. Why? Usually because you’re not as bad as other people. Sure, you do basically the same things as others, and you get away with it. You’ll make up for it. You’ll go to church, be kind. It’ll all balance out.

Wrong. Dead wrong. Worthy of hell wrong. That’s the way of darkness. It’s not just the sinning or living-for-you part. It is darkness and blindness and death to live only looking out for what you want. But it’s even more darkness to think you make up for it. It’s the worst possible darkness—if there is something darker than dark, and deader than dead—to think you can just smile at your sin, not care, and move on sinning just like you did before. After all, “Peace and safety!”

You’re not darkness. You’re light because Jesus is Light. He’s your Light, and you’re a child of Light because you’re in Him, baptized into Him. He brought you out of your darkness, that is, your sin, your selfishness, and even your making up for it. Jesus went through Good-Friday darkness for you, and He rose to Easter-morning new life and light for you, too. He will enlighten you, He will enliven you, and He will sanctify you, too. All yours in Baptism.

God didn’t appoint wrath for you, but He’ll give you what you want—a forever without Him. Repent. He sent Jesus for you, to die and rise for you. He’s made you His in His Son. You’re really light, only in Jesus and His forgiveness. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Aaron Fenker

The God of peace sanctify you completely, and your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

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