December 14, 2014
2 Peter 3:8-14
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. 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.
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.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
Now begins the third week in Advent. Let’s take stock of where we are. In week one we RESET our Storyline to coincide with the BIG STORY: Creation. Israel. Jesus. Church. New Creation.
In week two we RESET our vision of the end of all things broken and the beginning of all things made new and we explored what it means for us to be prepared and ready.
In summary, we know where we are in the BIG STORY. We live in the age of the Holy Spirit, in the era of the Church. We live in the time between the first and second coming of Jesus. We understand what it means to be prepared for his return. The big question for this week: What now?
Answering this question and reordering our lives accordingly is what repentance is all about.
Our big problem? Our lives are aligned with the wrong story: the story of sin and death. Repentance means restoring or re-story-ing our lives according to the story of Light and Life. Jesus is the Light of the World. He is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the Alpha and the Omega; the Savior and Lord. Repentance is all about following him. He is the Way.
More to come.
PEOPLE GET READY! JESUS IS COMING.
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