December 9, 2014


Isaiah 5:18-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38

Luther spoke of people with “swinish faith.” Just as at his first appearance, Jesus found some of his own people rooting in the dung of their religiosity, at the second coming he will also find people who do not believe. Calling evil good, they will consider themselves holy, though they do not even believe in God. Instead, they trust in being religious. If the Lord returns before Christmas this year, he will surely find swine among the saints.

Until Christ returns, pastors must patiently admonish the pigs. Everyone else must live decently and honestly as God has called each to his or her duty, taking care to rejoice always and be at peace in the knowledge that we will be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord. While swine feed at the trough of their own works, let the faithful come to the sacrament of the altar, relying on the word of God spoken in their baptism. How may this be accomplished except by cherishing that word of God? In the end, what else may be trusted? For at the Lord’s arrival, all will pass away except the words of Christ.

Prayer: Lord of all faith, help me await your return with your word in my heart and on my tongue. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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