But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
(2 Petrus 3, 13)
Here’s a blessing, a new song and some thoughts about it for you. If you find time to deal with this, let us know your thoughts or challenges.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. (2. Peter 3:13)
In the last few months God has been pointing out to me a hope that we, as Christians, may know, but that is not deeply rooted in many of us. It rarely, or has never determined our actions, our speech, our relationships, our time management or our every day life. And this, in addition to key events such as the creation of the earth and man, the election of Abraham and Israel, the birth of Jesus, his death, resurrection, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, is a milestone in God’s overall plan for the world. One hope that will usher in a new era of righteousness. It is the hope of the coming of our Savior, Intercessor and High Priest Jesus – Yeshuah Hamashiach.
But why do we associate so little with this day and not bear the thought of it close to our hearts? Why do we have so little anticipation, even though it is up to us to speed up the coming of this day? And why do some of us feel more uncomfortable or even afraid?
We humans mostly fear things that we do not know and are not prepared for. So how should we look forward to something when we don‘t know what it will do to us?
For this reason we have to occupy ourselves with that day and what the Bible tells us about it. Then we will understand that it will be a day of joy for God’s children, without restraint, marking the beginning of the time in which we will be forever united with Jesus. The understanding of this day, when Jesus comes back, can be a source of great hope and strength in our everyday lives. It protects us from too much anxiety and helps us not to entrust our stability and our identity on the perishable things, views and hopes of the world and to share in its proud motives, but to instead remain kingdom-oriented. It compels us to protect our hearts, to love much, to be a shining city on the hill, and to have our lamps prepared for the day of His coming. This hope compels us to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (see 2 Peter 3:14)
“Jesus, we love you and confess that we need you. We want to love more so that our hearts do not become cold and bitter. Change us so that we can say with an honest and joyful heart: Please, come soon!”