Jesus, Where are You?
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1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, â€˜There is peace and securityâ€™, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, â€˜Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.â€™ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, â€˜Be silent, and come out of him!â€™ When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, â€˜What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!â€™ And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
31 August 2021 @ 11:55 pm
Thank you for this hope filled preaching so needed in these times of challenge.