Lent Devotional: 2 Peter 1:16-21
by Jonathan Haefs
2 Peter 1:16-21 (click here)
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts… (2 Peter 1:16 and 19)
Do we feel the weight that our faith is grounded in historical fact?
We don’t follow clever stories with nice morals because they make life more bearable. We don’t look to a mythical figure known as Jesus to inspire us to be better people. No. We truly believe Jesus was/is God in the flesh, that he entered into history, lived, died, and rose again.
Our faith is based on the accounts of eyewitnesses to events…people so convinced of what they had seen that they gave their very lives rather than deny what they knew to be true.
Yet, even those eyewitnesses believed there was something more sure than their own testimony. Peter points us to the prophetic word of God which has been confirmed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This, he says, is a light of truth shining into our dark world…pay attention to the Word and you will see the truth of Jesus!
And… just as sure as Jesus life is a historical reality confirmed by eyewitnesses and Scripture… we can know that so also will his second coming be a historical reality. It too will be confirmed by eyewitnesses and the proving of prophecy.
When the day of Christ’s return dawns and he rises like the morning star in our hearts, then the reality of our faith will give way to sight! Jesus will come again and that will be…