Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week in the second of our Advent series reflecting on the second coming of Jesus.
Once we understand judgement as the final end of all that is evil, of all that brings darkness into our world, as the ultimate righting of wrongs, whether in Paris or Syria or Nigeria, or in our own experiences… once we understand it as the redemption, or the restoration of that which has gone bad, as the healing of the nations… then we should understand why the early church was impatient for it.
Do we not want evil to be banished from our world? Are we not also crying out for an end to the violence that causes so much suffering? Do we not want to see people set free from the diseases and other things that cause so much sorrow? How long, O Lord, how long?
2 Peter answers that question with a reminder that the God who comes to judge, the God who has made himself known in Jesus Christ, is full of mercy and compassion. This time of judgement is delayed because God wants everyone to be saved.
God is taking his time not because he is slow but because he is love.
[Reflecting on Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43, and 2 Peter 3.8-15a]