The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Have you noticed that when you are anxiously waiting for something, like the Amazon Prime item you ordered just yesterday, it takes forever for that thing to arrive? In the reading today the apostle Peter points out to us that a person’s perception of how long it is taking for the Lord to return in judgment is affected by that person’s perspective. The one who mocks the faith thinks that it’s taking way too long, and he uses that to argue that Jesus is never coming back and therefore that the Christian faith is nothing but nonsense.
The believer has an altogether different perspective on this. Believers see the Lord’s delay as a blessing and as an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel far and wide, so that the Holy Spirit might work through that Gospel to bring more to Baptism and to life in the kingdom of God. After Jesus completed the redemption of sinners by His perfect life and His innocent suffering and death, and after He proclaimed it in His resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus commissioned His Church to “go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15) or, more specifically, to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that [He has] commanded [us]” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
He who loves sinners so much that He laid down His very life for us all is, by the delay of His return, giving more opportunity for His Church to love others as He has loved us by sharing His Gospel with them. He is not slow in His return. He is gracious. And you are on the receiving end of that grace. “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Peter 3:14). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
My Savior paid the debt I owe And for my sin was smitten; Within the Book of Life I know My name has now been written. I will not doubt, for I am free, and Satan cannot threaten me; There is no condemnation! (“The Day is Surely Drawing Near” LSB 508, st.5)
Audio Reflections Speaker: Pastor Duane Bamsch