St. John's Lutheran
Jesus Gives New Life to Each of US!
2 Peter 3:1-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Day of the Lord 3 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a] 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. Sat. December 19
Will it ever come? That is what kids think about Christmas or their birthday. Will the big day ever arrive. Sometimes that is how fiancés might feel about their wedding day. Some mock Christians for believing in the promises of God. Yet, even science says that everything began at some point and that everything will end. It is simple physics! But what we have is not speculation. Our faith is built upon the rock of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God stepped into time and space. God took on human flesh to reveal GOD to us. Jesus revealed who God really is. We do not need to speculate. We have it “straight from the horse’s mouth!” Not only did Jesus promise that He was making all things new, he started the ball rolling in his death and resurrection. No matter when the “big day” arrives it will not be the end. Jesus gives new life.