Scripture: 1 Thessalonians:
7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Observation: Jesus Rescues Us.
Application: The scripture today reminds me of the importance of Jesus. A lot of people get the notion that accepting Jesus makes their lives better. This is not really the truth. Accepting Jesus will definitely improve your eternal life, but just because you are a Christian in no way means that all your problems on earth will be solved.
Paul gets to the heart of Christianity when describing the faith of the Thessalonians when he says "you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath." Jesus rescues us from the coming wrath. That is what it’s all about.
We don’t spread the gospel in order to make peoples lives smoother in this realm of existence. We spread the gospel so that they may be saved from eternal wrath – and welcomed into eternal bliss in the realms of God beyond this world. Do you remember how many of the bumper stickers and T-shirts we used to see with the simple observation "Jesus Saves?" We need to get back to this simple message. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior because He will Save you from the coming wrath of God!
Prayer: Lord God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is and Who was and Who is yet to come,
Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. Help me to share the good news that you have made salvation available to all who accept him as a free gift of your grace. Help me to serve you and love others and care enough about them to speak to them of your Son.