Longing for the Day of the Lord

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December 10, 2017
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Sermon Advent 2B 2017—Longing for the Day of the Lord

Scripture: 2 Peter 3; Isaiah 40; Mark 1

 

  1. Why are we supposed to long for this Holocaust--this burning up of the earth with fire?
    1. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
    2.  We live between the Flood and the Fire and Peter expects us to long and hasten toward it.  And there's no survival kit or bomb basement--it's not like we're mere observerrs.  No, there's a moral urgency : what manner of persons ought ye to be?  Where am I going to stand? How am I going to survive?  Everything is being undone.
  2. What is the Day of the Lord? What is it the end of ? 
    1. Day of the Lord: Joel—The moon to blood/Sun blotted out in the great and terrible day of the Lord.  "For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low" (Isaiah 2:12)
    2. The Divine Warrior delivers his people: Comfort ye, comfort ye my people—say unto her that her warfare is ended and her sins are forgiven. 
    3. It is the end of war; the end of sin as the Presence of God dwells (Isaiah 40).  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 
  1. How do we prepare for the Day of the Lord?
    1.  Deal with sin: And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
      1. Theresa of Avila said the greatest hindrance to her growth was sin—not the size of the sin but the intentionality of the sin. 
      2. Confession makes us aware of sin.  Go through the seven deadly sins or 10 Commandments.  
    2. Depend on God's grace.  A Holocaust is a whole burnt offering, nothing held back.  Peter is calling us to God's grace to make us a Holy and Living Sacrifice: 4 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.