It is Saturday December 2. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties Ginger was not able to come home on Friday. Perhaps today will be the day. Keep praying. Today is the last day of our devotional week as we celebrate Christ our King this week. Tomorrow starts Advent and I will preview the new format for devotions at the end of today's lesson. The final message for this week is one simple statement. Our King will be our everything. We thank our King for his many sacrifices and gifts to us in our lives as we are deserving. Please share his message with others today.
He "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all." (1 Corinthians 15:26-28)
When we are in heaven with Christ our King, everything will be so different--and unfathomably better!
Right now, we live by faith in Christ. He reigns over everything on our behalf, ruling over every creature and every part of creation for our good. He blesses us with everything we need for our body--clothing, shoes, food, drink, house, home...everything. He blesses us with everything for our souls--the gospel in Word and sacraments. Yet as long as we are in this world, we do not see him with perfect clarity. Nor do we fully possess all that he has in store for us. There is still sin, sickness, and sadness all around. Our hearts long to be in a better place.
That will all change. A time is coming when Christ our King will present us with himself to the Father and say, "Here I am with all those you have given me. Father, I no longer need to reign with you as their mediator by faith. They are with us now and see us and experience us as we really are and in a way they couldn't before. We are with them in perfect clarity and eternal glory."
God will be all in all. All our wants and desires will be satisfied in God himself. Just the sight of God will fill us with so much joy and delight that we will have everything we ever needed or desired in him. We will not want anything because in heaven we will have everything our new hearts ever desired. We will always be strong, healthy, and happy. We will be more beautiful than the sun and moon. We will have eternal righteousness,comfort, and a joyful conscience. No one will be able to terrify us or confuse us or worry us any longer. We will be filled with God. He will be everything to us.
We may wish things were different for us here on earth. We may have unsatisfied desires, unfulfilled hopes, or unfinished plans. That's okay. When we are in heaven with Christ our King, everything will be so different and unfathomably better! Wait for him eagerly!
Scripture prayer: Savior-King, keep me and all believers faithful to you so that we may be with you forever. Amen.
Additional Bible reading: Psalm 36 and 1 Corinthians 1-3.
Sunday is the first Sunday in the Advent season. It will also start a change in our devotions. Upto now we have just focused on small section of Scripture for the entire week. Moving forward we will be all over the Bible each week focusing on different sections and books. The lessons moving forward will be in line with Luther's Small Catechism. Many view Catechism is something the kids do and not the adults. However the lessons we will have each day will be important for our daily lives and I feel you will enjoy them and help you strengthen your understanding of God's Word and grow your faith even more. The list sections next week include Psalm 19, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 2, Romans 7, Isaiah 43, and Ephesians 2. Please join me each day for these readings and share them with others throughout the week. Also if you are in the Iron Mountain area, please check out my home church, Mt. Olive Lutheran for Sunday worship at 9 AM each week and special Advent services on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM. The theme for our Wednesday Advent services this year is "Messianic Mountaintops." Also we will have a special Christmas morning service this year at 9 AM. Have a great weekend and God Bless. UcenterDress red items to wear of the cocktail