Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
A new study reports that people who believe in a God who threatens justice and punishment for evildoers are people who are more likely to be caring and considerate of people they don't even know.
For material based on today's OT text, see "The Haggai Complaint," November 7, 2010, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Picture dark clouds in the sky. Flashes of lighting. Angels blowing trumpets. Jesus returning to judge the earth.
A scary scene, no doubt about it. The apostle Paul expected it to happen any day, which is why he addressed the Thessalonians with the words, "As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ..." (v. 1). For Paul, Christ's return was a fact, not a fantasy. He wanted the Thessalonians to prepare for something that was as certain as the stampede of shoppers on Black Friday.
And every bit as frightening.
Christ was returning. Judgment was at hand. Jesus was soon to be "revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in ...