Devotion for the Second Sunday in Advent

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts. “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. ~ Malachi 3:1-6

Those of us who love God long for the day of the Lord, when Jesus will return to earth in triumph to take reign over the whole world. For those who have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ, the day of the Lord will lead to eternal punishment. Now is the time to turn to God and accept the cleansing He offers through the Blood of the Lamb.

Lord, I want to welcome Jesus with joy when He comes again. You never change, You are always just, and You will punish evildoers. Father, forgive me that I am an evildoer. Thank You that Jesus has paid the penalty for me on the cross, and in Your eyes I am pure because of Jesus’s purity. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to live in a manner worthy of my calling. In the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever, world without end. Amen.

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