What It Means To Wait For His Son From Heaven

The  Apostle Paul  commends the  Christians in Thesalonica  for their  faithfulness. He  tells them that  the news of their faith  has  spread beyond their  home.  Other  Christians have  heard of  the  commitment to the Lord Jesus. (I Thes. 1:6-8).  In  I Thes. 1:6 we are told that they were imitators of the Lord.  It was  not a  “bed of roses”  for them when they  accepted the Lord Jesus and began  to  follow Him.

They became an  example to  others-Oh that it could  be said of us today that we  live lives so close to Jesus that  others will want to “conform to the  image of the Son of God.”  They left a  life of  idol worship with  no hope of salvation and  no hope of an  eternity outside of the “Lake of Fire.” We are told in  I Thes. 1:9 that  they made  a complte  turn around in their lives and identified  with the Lord Jesus Christ.

I Thes. 1:10 gives  us the words in our  title. Jesus is  coming  again!  That  is  not  just a  pipe dream, it is a   reality!  We  don’t  know when He will come; it may  be today.  We are  told  here  to be  “waiting” for His return.  What  does that entail?  Waiting for the Lord Jesus in the   Scripture means that  while we are  waiting we are  “watching,” and working for  Him. We sing a  song written by Fanny Crosby,“Blessèd are those whom the Lord finds watching, In His glory they shall share; If He shall come at the dawn or midnight, Will He find us watching there?” True  waiting involves   working for the Lord Jesus; not a  working  to be  saved  but  a  working  becaise you are saved. We are  saved by  grace througfh faith, in baptism unto  good works.  Let’s be  like the Thessalonians and  be a people who live  our lives for the Lord so that  others  see us and  glorify God. (Matthew 5:14-16).

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