Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 3
The First Sunday in Advent
November 27, 2022

(Matthew 24:37–44, NIV84) “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 

The Word of God gives abundant warning of the day of judgment, when Jesus will come to welcome believers to eternal life and send unbelievers to eternal damnation. It just doesn’t tell us when it will come. 

We remember Noah for him and seven other people surviving the great flood God used to destroy the unbelieving people of the world. But for 120 years he warned the people. He was building the ark, a great and visible warning to mankind and was witnessing to the coming destruction of mankind. 

The Bible also warns us of the impending destruction of all things. 

But don’t we also see warnings all around us? We see God’s power in natural disasters and the death it causes. We see God’s power in the death of any human being. Death for every believer leads to eternal life. Death on earth for every unbeliever, for everyone who rejected Jesus Christ means eternal death, unending separation from God, unending suffering. 

Lord, preserve us that we may be ready at any time, “because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Lord Jesus, come quickly!

O Lord, we beseech Thee to stir up Thy power and come, so that by thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Thy mighty deliverance. This we ask through Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. Amen


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