Today’s Reading: Luke 21:25-36
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 24:14-25:12; 1 John 2:15-29
And then you will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with power and great glory. (Luke 21:27)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Today’s Gospel sounds a little scary, doesn’t it? There will be signs in the moon and stars. The earth will be in distress. The nations will be in anguish and perplexed because of the roaring of the seas and waves. People will be fainting from fear. The heavenly powers themselves will be shaken.
It is scary! On the Last Day, everything that we trust and rely on will come apart at the seams. The skies will go wacky. The earth will shake. The rocks will split. God will judge the world. There will be no place to hide and no escape.
Wait, that sounds somewhat familiar, doesn’t it? This has happened before in the Scriptures. On the cross, as Jesus hung between heaven and earth to answer for your sins and mine, the heavenly bodies were shaken. The skies grew dark. The earth shook and the rock split.
The Last Day outside of Christ is an awful and petrifying day. There will be no escape. No running away from the judgment of Almighty God on His creation as He gives all of us what we deserve—destruction, fire, and hell.
But you are not outside of Christ. You are of Christ and Christ is of God. He came for you. He suffered for you. He died for you. He Last Day-ed for you on the Cross. He rose, giving you a preview of your Last Day: you will rise again.
The Last Day has already happened for you, on Good Friday. You rose with Jesus on Easter morning just as your loved ones will come out of their graves on the Last Day. The tomb couldn’t hold Him, and it won’t hold those you love. That’s true on the Last Day, too, when the Lord will call you out of this world and you will always be with Him.
When everything starts to go to hell on earth and you think to yourself, “This is my Last Day,” don’t hide under something. No, look up. Your redemption, your Jesus, your salvation, is drawing near! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent)