Reading through the Bible together
The prophecy of Peter contained in this chapter is fulfilled in our day. Scoffers mock the idea of the literal return of Jesus in glory. Ignoring the clear teaching of Jesus, “I will come again and receive you to myself” (John 14:3), even some Christians have abandoned the idea of His return.
In spite of the scoffers and skeptics, Peter reminds us “the day of the Lord will come.” His glorious return is certain. Jesus gave this promise: “for as lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:27).
Rather than interpret His apparent delay as a reason to doubt, we recognize “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise...but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
How then should we live as we wait for the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Peter admonishes us with these words: “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet. 3:12). We need to stay focused, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and join Him in His mission. Hear these words of Jesus to His disciples and also to us: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Others need to hear the Good News. As you go out in Jesus’ name, always remember this promise of Jesus: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
Derek Morris, DMin
Associate Secretary, General Conference Ministerial Association