Advent: December 10

2 Peter 3:10-14

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

There’s going to be a change. We may not see it in our lifetime, but it’s something Jesus warned about, as did his Apostles. I think we can understand “heavens” to be the visible heavens above, which is essentially the rest of the universe! This might be like all the supernovae happening at the same time! Cataclysmic does not begin to describe it.

The early Church thought that this event might come soon, but as each century builds up to yet another millennium, the white heat of expectancy may cool down. Whether or not what is promised happens sooner or happens later, we are still called to be ready, just as Jesus warned his followers to be ready. If you were not ready yesterday, then be grateful for God’s mercy, but do not ever resolve to be ready tomorrow, for he may return today.

How can I keep a balance of readiness against living my daily life? (It’s a trick question.)

What are your regrets about security after a burglary has happened in your property?

Father God, a terrible time is coming, but I want to be sure that I see it from a place of safety in Jesus rather than experience it on the ground. Teach me how to see the transience within the beauty of this creation as I seek a new and permanent heaven and earth. Amen.

Watch a bit of this. It covers black holes and dark matter and a projected time span of 2 thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion years. But will we get that far?