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LAST SUNDAY OF END TIME: CHRIST THE KING
Even as we anticipate his glorious return, we celebrate Christ's rule as king--both his rule over the universe for our good and his rule in our hearts that saves us. We celebrate Jesus as the victorious king.
This world is full of imperfect rulers and leaders, and a lot of bad things continue to happen, but don't let that fool you into thinking anything other than the truth: Jesus rules all. Even looking at Jesus in his most important work as our king, when he took our place in the battle and allowed himself to be crucified, could make a person wonder what kind of king Jesus is. He looked defeated. But, again, looks can be deceiving. His resurrection proves that Jesus is the king we need. To him be all honor, glory, dominion, and power forever!
Daily Devotion - Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Are you going to eat a lot tomorrow?
Your plans may be a little different this year because of COVID--or a lot different. Normally, Thanksgiving is a time for plenty of food, plenty of family time, and plenty of football. For many, it's followed by plenty of shopping. There are things to fill our time, fill our bellies, and fill our closets.
But this can't be sustained. We can't always fill our time with leisure--even if that seems like the goal of most Americans. We can't fill our bellies with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie every day. If we try, we will soon regret it. We can't go binge shopping every day. We would run out of money, then we'd run out of credit. We might lose a lot more along the way.
But you can fill yourself with the Word of God every day. Not only can you--you should! "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly!" And there's a purpose to such "gluttony." We do this for our own sake, for each other's sake, and for Jesus' sake. We need the Word to fill our hearts with the excellent blessings of Christ's victory for us: joy, peace, wisdom, gratitude, and so much more. We need the Word to guide us and others through the treacherous trails of this life as it leads us to heaven by keeping us focused on Jesus and his great love and forgiveness. We need the Word to keep us sane uplifted in a crazy world that seeks to drag us down. Jesus longs to give us all that we need--what he has won for us--every day. He does this through his Word.
So enjoy your feast tomorrow, whatever it may be, and all the other blessings of your particular Thanksgiving celebration. But more than this, enjoy the feast and blessings of God's Word every day.