St. John's Lutheran
Christ Should Rise in Our Hearts Like a Morning Star!
2 Peter 1:12-21 New International Version (NIV)
Prophecy of Scripture 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[a] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Tues. December 15
Peter addresses his letter by saying this in verse 1: “To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours...” Then in verses 16-18 he reminds them that he was an eye-witness of all Jesus said and did (Peter is also the most likely and primary eye-witness source of Mark’s Gospel). Notice how Peter treats the Christians that he is writing to as equals. He could claim greater status and let Christ rise like privilege, but he does not. He was simply chosen to do a job. In verse 1 he calls himself an “apostle of Jesus.” “Apostle” means “one who is sent.” Peter is not better or worse. He was sent to do a job: proclaim the Gospel, “the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Let us pay attention to the lamp of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that Peter witnessed, so that Christ might rise like the morning star in our hearts!