Daily Devotionals

The End Week 2: Friday

When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him. 2 Thessalonians 1:10

When Jesus was living on earth, He came in the humblest circumstances. He came to serve. He did not draw attention to Himself. He did not want the word to spread that He was the Son of God until the time of His death. When He returns, things will be completely different. He will come as King, and one of the things He will do is glorify His name.

Paul explained in 2 Thessalonians that Jesus’ return would be completely different than His first coming. Jesus came as a baby, born in a stable where animals were kept. When He returns, however, Paul explains, “He will receive glory from His holy people—praise from all who believe” (verse 10). Jesus came for the first time to serve and lay His life down so humanity could be rescued from sin. The second time He comes, He will be praised and glorified. Why? He will come to be praised and glorified because He is King, and when He returns, He is returning as the King. Revelation 19:16 explains that He will be wearing a robe titled “King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” Indeed, He is both of those things and more. Therefore, he deserves to be praised and glorified. 

As we think about Jesus’ return as the King of kings, the question we have to answer is, “How will we respond?” You see, Paul explained that the people who will praise Him when He returns includes us because we, too, have placed our faith in Him (verse 10). Therefore, we do not have to wait to worship and glorify Jesus until we return. In fact, we should not wait! He is worthy of all the praise we could give Him right now, today, and every day. So how can you praise Him and make Him and His glory and power known throughout the world today?

Moving toward action

Our calling now is to spread the message that Jesus is the King of Kings. Call a friend who you know is far from Christ today. Tell them what you read today in Scripture as you speak with them. Tell them that when Jesus returns, He will come as the King who He is. Invite them to call anytime to ask questions about faith.

Going Deeper

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 (NLT)

"This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy.

We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

3 Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. 4 We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. 5 And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. 6 In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you.

7 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. 10 When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ."