August 15, 2022     8:05 am
14. Second Week in Advent - Saturday
Return of Jesus
          Surely, I come quickly. - Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.   Revelations 22,20
          When will the Lord Jesus come again in His glory and for our glory? - Of that day and hour no man knows" says He, "no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only," Matt. 24,36. But even John wrote: "Little children it is the last time," I John 2,18. And Peter: "The end of all things is at hand," 1 Peter 4,7. And James: "The coming of the Lord draws near. Behold, the Judge stands before the door," James 5:8,9. And St. Paul speaks of the Christians of his own time as such "upon whom the ends of the world have come," 1 Cor. 10:11. And the Lord Jesus Himself says to the Apostle John: "Surely, I come quickly." Thus, almost twenty centuries ago the coming of the Lord was declared to be at hand, to be coming soon. But is this so? Hasn't century after century elapsed since then? Hasn't generation upon generation returned to the dust since those days? Doesn't the old and miserable world still stand? Why is this? Do God's Word and Bible mean nothing? God forbid! Peter writes: "Beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day," 2 Peter 3:8. And furthermore remember that death transports you in a moment into the presence of the Lord. In death your body knows of no time, though it is still within the bounds of time. And your living soul will then no longer dwell in time, but in eternity. And a long time on earth is but a moment in eternity. Thus, as I have said, death transports you in a moment into the presence of the Lord. The coming of the Lord Jesus is near at hand! "Surely, I come quickly," says He. And so you, in joyous, blessed faith, say: "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
          PRAYER: - Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Come in that glorious last Advent, or, if so be that I shall not be among the living then, come to meet me at my blessed end. Lord Jesus, how quickly and speedily, as in a moment You shall then transport me to that hour when all things shall become new, and a new heavens shall smile upon a new earth. Lord Jesus, grant me grace to be ready at all times. Surely, You will come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:05 am