Living with Expectance~ By Rev. Isam Ballenger
"Do not ignore this one face, beloved of God, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord does not delay his promise (to return), as some think, but is forbearing towards us, not willing for any
The early Christians were
The writer of our text asks the reader to reflect upon Psalm 90:4, to consider that God's time encloses all of our time and beyond. History is revelation and opportunity, an Eternal Now. It was good that those early believers were not satisfied with the "already" of their encounter with Jesus. They awaited the "not yet." But they erred in their fixation on finality and resultant neglect of immediacy. The time they had was a sign of God's forbearance, an opportunity for proclamation and witness. They just might have a new experience with their resurrected Lord.
Let us, therefore, maintain the vitality of hope for a new heaven and new earth as the final goal of history (3:13), not surrendering a watchfulness that awaits the coming of Jesus in surprising ways. Let us be grateful for the "already" comings of Jesus in the past (Bethlehem, Baptism, Confirmation, Communions) vigilant for the "not yet" comings (the neighbor, the stranger, the refugee, the child, the prisoner, the homeless, the congregation, the proclamation, meditation).
The biblical letter concludes: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Exactly!