November 18, 2008 - Tuesday in the 2nd Last Week

Today's Reading: 2 Peter 3:3-14

Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 37:1-21; Matthew 27:33-56

Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4)

St. Peter is writing to the Jews of the Diaspora, which is a funny word for “dispersing.” “Diaspora” refers to the Jews spreading themselves out across the Mediterranean world, rather than being concentrated right there in Israel. They, like many people today – including you and me - were wondering when the Lord was coming back. It’s been two thousand years! Doesn’t God figure it is time yet?

St. Peter is clear that the Lord’s final coming will be unexpected, and it will involve much waiting. The Lord desires that all should come to a knowledge of salvation and have faith in Him. “All” means all, and alltakes a really long time!

In the meantime, though, the Lord does come. He comes often and much in His body and blood. For those who must sit and wait for our Lord’s glorious coming on the last day He gives a gift of flesh and blood, hidden under bread and wine – a mini-coming, each Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Supper is our own little mini-Last Day, with the Lord judging sin and forgiving it right there in your mouths and your bellies!

The Lord thinks differently than we do. He looks at lowly things and makes them great. He looks at sinners and sees redeemed, perfect children of God. He sits back for a thousand years and only one day passes by. The Lord does things His way, because His way is the way of life and salvation.

The Lord has everything under control. He’s worked out your salvation for you, and He delivers that salvation to you in the waters of Holy Baptism, where He claims you as His own. He delivers that salvation to you in the words of Holy Absolution as your Pastor proclaims them to you. He delivers that salvation in His own “hidden-coming”, the Lord’s Blessed Body and Blood given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

My God desires the soul’s salvation; My soul He, too, desires to save. Therefore with Christian resignation All earthly troubles I will brave. His will be done eternally: What pleases God, that pleases me. (LSB 719.3