Study Gateway is the streaming video Bible study service from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, featuring the world’s most-trusted Bible teachers, authors and pastors, including Max Lucado, Anne Graham Lotz, Louie Giglio, Rick Warren, Derwin Gray, Lysa TerKeurst, Jennie Allen, Andy Stanley, Chrystal Evans Hurst, John Ortberg, Ann Voskamp, Christine Caine, Jada Edwards, Bob Goff, and Jim Cymbala. Watch thousands of Bible study videos on subjects like discipleship, overcoming and healing, Christian living, and Bible discussion. Get the free app as a part of your Study Gateway subscription.
Jesus will come not only as the resurrected one but as the resurrecting one. In his resurrection Jesus was not only a living being like the first Adam but, as the last Adam, “a life-giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). Jesus will return to change you, to make you forever new.
In hard times we actually need to create more space to nurture a love for Jesus’ appearing, space to recognize our pain and longing rather than numb or ignore it. Fasting connects us with that hope in such a way that the Holy Spirit gives us joy, peace, and rest in the presence of God now.
I see the Sabbath as practicing for eternity. The weekly cycle of work and rest is a microcosm of this life preparing for our final rest with God. You work and work and work throughout the week, then you make preparations to rest.