Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 11:1-12:6; 2 Peter 2:1-22
You will say on that day, “I will praise you, O Lord, for although you were angry with me, your anger was turned away and you comforted me.” (Isaiah 12:1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Last Day is coming. Jesus is coming. Do you need to be afraid? Is God going to get you?
He should punish you. You certainly deserve it. If you don’t think you do, you’re not really being honest with yourself. You and I live each day for ourselves—us before God and us before others. It’s not that we don’t love others. We do love others. We just love ourselves more. It shows in how we treat others. It shows in how we deal with God.
We push ourselves forward at the expense of others. We tear them up to make ourselves look good. We take what isn’t ours. We expect others to be generous while we hold back for ourselves. If we act this with way with those around us who we see every day, how could we possibly love and put God first, who we never see?
Today’s Advent gift is in the little word “turned.” God should be angry. He’s right to be angry. It’s fair that He’s angry. But God changes. He turns from anger. He doesn’t give wrath.
It’s not that God walks away to control His anger, or decides to just leave us alone. He doesn’t just walk away and count to ten. No, instead of ignoring us or punishing us, He sends His Son into our flesh to save us. It’s a complete 180-degree turn! He should damn us and punish us but instead He saves us in the death of Christ!
The same God who died for you on the cross is the God who is coming on the Last Day to save you! The Last Day isn’t catch-you-in-a-sin-day but save-you-from-destruction-day. He wants to save you. He wants to save others. Everything that He does do is just that—even His coming back on the Last Day.
God wants to save. He’s not going to repent of turning from destroying you. He’s in this, committed to it, in the suffering and death of Jesus.
Don’t be afraid of the Last day. Don’t be afraid of today. Jesus is not only going to save you. Jesus is your salvation. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2-3)