Throughout this Advent season, my goal is to take each of the four Lectionary readings for each week and write a meditation about each one. Largely my motivation for this is simply that I love the season of Advent, yet there’s also a little bit of hoping that by blogging through this season, I can use it as a means to grieve the recent passing of my Dad.
WEEK 2: A reading from the Peter’s Second Epistle
Dear friends, here is one thing you must not forget. With the Lord a day is like a thousand years. And a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow to keep his promise. He is not slow in the way some people understand it. He is patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed. Instead, he wants all people to turn away from their sins.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar. Fire will destroy everything in them. God will judge the earth and everything in it.
So everything will be destroyed. And what kind of people should you be? You should lead holy and godly lives. Live like that as you look forward to the day of God. It will make the day come more quickly. On that day fire will destroy the heavens. Its heat will melt everything in them.
But we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Godliness will make its home there. All of this is in keeping with God’s promise.
Dear friends, I know you are looking forward to that. So try your best to be found pure and without blame. Be at peace with God. Remember that while our Lord is waiting patiently to return, people are being saved.
— 2 Peter 3:8-15a (NIRV)
Today’s reading takes our focus off of the Messiah coming as a Baby, and places it squarely on the Messiah coming as the King. It moves our vantage point from that of the Israelite people longing for a Rescuer and makes it one of a Rescued people longing for the eternal.
Our Eternal King is coming.
Yet, as we all know, He skipped the apparent appointment that He had on May 21 (which, by pure coincidence, is my birthday). Why?
Peter tells us that the King is coming, yet He is coming in His own time. He is coming on His own schedule. And, the longer He waits, the better. His waiting gives the millions who have never heard of His rescue plan a chance.
“And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” — Romans 10:14b
Someone has to tell them.
So, Peter gives us one way to tell them. He tells us to live like we are excited about the coming of the King. If you knew that the King of Norway (or any other country) was going to visit your house, then how would you prepare? How would you get ready? Shower? Shave? Wash clothes, dishes, floors, and windows?
Peter tells us that we should live the same way. We should prepare by washing our souls. We should prepare by living like the King is about to show up. We should open the door of our heart (mind, will and emotions) to godliness.
Be found pure and blameless.
And then, Peter uses the word of the week: PEACE. Be at PEACE with God.
There is an implication here that to not be preparing for the coming King is tantamount to being at war with that King.
As Jesus said, “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.” (Matthew 12:30, The Message)
So, are you preparing yourself for the coming King?
Are you preparing the world for the coming King?
If you’re not, then “you’re just making things worse.”
The King is coming.
Are you at Peace?