1 John 1:5–7 (ESV)
in the Light
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But
if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Jesus is the light and Satan is the darkness. I love our sanctuary light in the sanctuary. It burns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a reminder that even when
the lights are off, Jesus is present and is the light in the darkness. We walk by light, not by darkness.
I pray: O Lord, you are the light of the world. Help us to always seek your light and to be guided to your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
1 John 1:1–4 (ESV)
Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest
to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things
so that our joy may be complete.
John begins this Book much
like his Gospel account, with the Eternal Word, who was always with the Father and was working with the Father at creation. But here John’s point is that this same Word who is “eternal life” is the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ, whom
all the apostles had physically seen, heard, and touched. We owe the Eternal Word our perfect obedience. Despite our disobedience—our lack of recognition and faithfulness of our Creator—the Eternal Word did not come to condemn us but to save us.
Heavenly Father, by the writings of the apostles, grant that we may ever share in Christ and His kingdom, that our joy may be complete. Amen.
2 Peter 3:14-18
beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother
Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand,
which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away
with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.
Our Lord’s patience is essential to our salvation in the sense that He is giving us time to repent. Do we use the time allotted
to us to take sin and salvation seriously, or do we neglect our worship and prayers and our Lord’s gracious call to repent? Make daily repentance part of your life. The patient Lord is ever working through Word and Sacrament to restore fallen sinners
and to strengthen them in the stability of their salvation.
I pray: O Lord, come to me, and strengthen me through Your Word, that I may grow in Your grace
and knowledge and proclaim Your glory forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:11–13 (ESV)
The Day of the Lord Will Come
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
While we wait for a new heaven and a new earth, we are to be actively living for Christ. Yes, I am a Lutheran and I did say that. We are saved by grace, but a
byproduct of our faith is to do good works. We do not do good works to go to heaven, instead… we do good works because we are going to heaven. It is out of love and gratitude that we return God’s love for us. First comes our
justification, then comes our sanctification which does include good works. Our works point to our saving faith. Faith comes first. It is a gift of God.
I pray: O Lord, help us to cling to our saving faith and to actively live for Christ. Amen.
2 Peter 3:8–10 (ESV)
The Day of the Lord Will Come (Part 2)
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 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. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar,
and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
In yesterday’s reading, we see people giving up on the Second Coming. We learn in today’s reading that God’s time and our time are not the same. The scriptures say: “that with
the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Notice (important) that it does NOT say a day is a thousand years. It says that one
day is as (or like) a thousand years. God lives outside the boundaries of time. Time is irrelevant to God. He will get to the Second Coming when He is ready. It is not based on our schedules. But when it comes, it will come like
a thief in the night.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be ever ready for
your Second Coming and to not be caught off guard. Amen.