December 11, 2014


Isaiah 7:1-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 22:1-13

The gravestone of an astronomer bears these words: “I have lived too long among the stars to fear the night.” Where we live has much to do with how we live—and die.

The chief priests and the scribes were making plans to kill Jesus, yet he continued making plans for the Passover. The Man of Lawlessness or antichrist is coming but the focus of the Church remains “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Attack is always imminent—from without and within—but we know “it shall not stand.” The will of God is what will come to pass.

If we live our lives in the presence of Jesus, fear is replaced by his peace. No matter what threatens—even death—the Light of the World dispels the darkness and buoys our hope in him.

Prayer: Help me be firm in faith. Amen.

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

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