This Day and THAT DAY
The German Reformer, Martin Luther, said something that profoundly connects to our time in the Thessalonian Letters. He wrote, “There are two days on my calendar: This day and that Day.” Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow on this earth is not guaranteed. What we have to work with is today — this day. What we most certainly have is That Day. The day of judgment and the day of hope is an inevitability. That Day will come. Indeed, the return of our Lord is nearer today than when we first believed (Rom 13:11). Since we only have this day and that day, let that day pour itself into this day. This is the logic of 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10. Why are we to be sober-minded today? Why are we to be self-controlled and alert with readiness today? Why are we to busy ourselves with works of faith, labors of love, demonstrations of hopeful endurance? Because, on that Day, God has not destined us for wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul has said elsewhere, we press on because Christ Jesus has made us his own (Phil 312). Therefore, brothers and sisters, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thess 5:11).
Waiting with you,