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Read Introduction to 1 Thessalonians


“…and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come“


even Jesus

The object of our anticipation is the person of Jesus. Note the name used here is “Jesus,” which is His human name. They waited for the incarnate Christ. He is the center and circumference of our lives. We wait patiently for that wonderful day when we will meet the center of our expectation.


Jesus is the center and circumference of our lives.


My wife loves to compare costs when she shops. Sometimes I take her to the store and wait in the car. At times, I wait patiently, and sometimes I do not! There is a difference between waiting patiently and just waiting. God wants us to wait patiently for the Lord. Some of us will wait for 60, 70, 80 years. One day we will finally meet Him face to face. Oh, what a day that will be!

“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).