Monday 27 December, 2021

2 Peter 1:12-21

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The first time we hear “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” is when Jesus is baptized (Matthew 3:16-17). The next time was where the disciples saw Jesus, with his face shining like the sun. God again declares that Jesus is his loved son and that he is “well pleased” with him. But he adds, “Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5). Peter tells us he did indeed listen and hear God’s affirmation of Jesus as his true son. He takes it one step further and passes it on as a reliable eyewitness to us.

Peter tells us to pay attention to the prophets and his witness to Jesus as though they were a light in the darkness. It’s like the morning star pointing to the dawn about to break. It’s not just that Jesus was in the past, he is in the present, and we firmly expect that he will be revealed in even more glory than on that mountain, like the breaking dawn, when he returns to bring all God’s promises to completion.

Christmas is a great time to remember Jesus, born as Joseph’s son – but much more importantly, as God’s loved son. It’s also a great time to see and hear what Jesus is doing in my life now. And it’s a great time to imitate Peter in being a reliable witness, passing on all the truth about Jesus. And it’s a great time to remember that Jesus is returning, like the dawn breaking, bringing his glorious light and life. It’s a great time to be like the morning star, reflecting the Son of God’s glorious light to the world as a reliable witness.

Jesus, thank you for stepping into our world as a baby in Bethlehem to live amongst us. Thank you for your Holy Spirit living in us now. Thank you that you’re coming to us again with the fullness of your life and love for us.

Written by David Cornell

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