Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

“[He] will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 1:8

The season of Advent reminds you to be ready. It’s not so much about being ready for a house full of party guests or a Christmas tree surrounded by presents. It’s about being ready for the day of our Lord Jesus Christ – the day when He returns in glory and judgment.

A careful inventory of your life would show that you are not ready to face the Judge. You see your sin. You’re guilty and the thought of appearing before the judgment seat of God anytime soon frightens you. If only you had just a little more time to repent and make things right again! Perhaps, then, you might be ready.

God’s Word, however, teaches that no amount of human work or tearful sorrow will ever make you ready. Only Jesus’ finished work on the cross prepares you to meet your Maker. Jesus shed His blood, sweat, and tears for your forgiveness. Through faith in His righteousness you are declared, “Not guilty.” And He will sustain you to the end. Through the promise of your Baptism and the nourishment of Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper, God is faithful. With joy, get ready to meet Your Savior!

Prayer: O Lord, how shall I meet You, How welcome You aright? Your people long to greet You, My hope, my heart’s delight! O kindle, Lord most holy, Your lamp within my breast To do in spirit lowly All that may please You best. (O Lord, How Shall I Meet You, LSB 334:1).

 

This devotion was written by Reverend Peter Hoft, pastor at Park View Lutheran Church in Eldridge, IA.

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