With the Lord a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day
Created by Jon Taylor - Friday 05 Jan 2018
Jon Taylor
Last year seemed to race past at the speed of light and it felt like multiple events were condensed into about half that time. In one sense each year may appear to pass more quickly since each successive year represents a smaller proportion of our lives. When Peter speaks of a thousand years for the Lord being as a day and a day being as a thousand years, he is speaking in the context of the certainty and timing of the second coming. Indeed God’s promise is not slack and He is long suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This also helps us in our finite understanding to comprehend something of God’s essence and purpose; He is from eternity, from outside time and space though His Son entered into our sin-contaminated world and dwelt among us.
The Lord not only entered our world and dwelt amongst; He never sinned and our sin was imputed to Christ and He became a sin offering for us. It is good and right that as believers we should share the Lord’s Supper and proclaim His death till He comes. A brother from our fellowship brought it to our attention last year that for the Father, the sacrifice of His Son, in His perspective was not long ago. That again helps us to consider the magnitude of what the Lord has done through His shed blood and redemptive sacrifice and reminds us of that most awful event of the day when the eternal fellowship of Father and Son was broken when Jesus cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me (Matt. 27:46)?”
Sometimes we say ‘what difference a day makes!’ We naturally remember significant days and equally look forward to days that contain a promise. The lord created the world in six days, rested on the seventh day and for those who know the Lord, they are sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). Therefore, we should look forward to the day when the lord returns, though we know neither the day, nor the hour.
How then can we maintain an eternal perspective and live according to our expectation of our Lord’s return today? The writer to the Hebrews has much to say about being faithful, the promise of rest and holding fast our confession and commends us to continue in fellowship and encourage one another daily though suffice to say…
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:24-25)’
In view of the day when our Lord shall return; let us resolve this year, starting from today, with zeal and godly purpose to encourage one another daily…
Friday 05 Jan 2018