Wrong shall fail and right prevail

Read: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

As mentioned last week, the season of Advent is known as a time of waiting, anticipation, and expectation.  Much like people waited on the coming Messiah Jesus to arrive, we wait today for the return of Jesus and his second coming that is spoken of in 2 Peter 3. The question for us should be more about how we wait than how long it is until that occurs.

In 1864, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem which became the well-known Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”  In that poem Longfellow shifts from the joy of hearing those Christmas bells to the reality of despair that still exists in the world.

He writes, “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”  In the final verse of the Christmas carol we are reminded that the Christmas bells bring renewed hope for peace in this world and in our lives through Jesus.  It says, “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Peter reminds us that some day Jesus is returning to bring forth a new heaven and new earth.   He encourages us to not live in despair, but instead live with hope and faith that peace will prevail, wrong will fail, and the righteousness of Christ will be realized.  While we wait for that great day we are encouraged to grow in grace and peace, help others, and share the good news of Jesus.

In “Our Daily Bread” James Bank recently shared about how he ended up being the last one off of a flight recently because his overhead bags were in the back of the plane.  While he waited he decided to use his time to help others with their bags and children.  What a great example of how we can help to bring peace on earth in this time of waiting.  As Peter says, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!”

Make it Personal:  How can you help in this endeavor to bring the peace of Christ into a world in despair?  Who do you need to extend grace to?  How can you help someone in need?  Where can you share the good news of the gift that Jesus gives to those who believe?   When these things become important to us, God’s peace becomes real to us.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church