Find Hope in a Glorious Destination
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, 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. (2 Peter 2:19 NIV)
As we take a look at Peter's last letter, in which he talks about his mountaintop experience with Jesus, Peter advises us to heed his call, and believe his testimony. He invites us to experience the joy he has from experiencing a God whose glory outshines all other gods.
The light of the world is Jesus. One day, perhaps very soon, that glory will be revealed. When God gives that final word, the dead in Christ shall rise, then we who remain will be "caught up", raptured, to meet the Lord in the air, and we shall be changed! (1 Thessalonians 4)
Can I hear an Amen?
Peter had a privileged one day experience to see that glory revealed.
Jesus invited Peter, James and John to accompany Him to the mountain. There, before their eyes, Jesus transformed into His glorified state.
Peter didn't see too much of it, but it was enough that he wanted to stay there forever. It was worth giving up everything else just to be there.
Peter wants his readers to be a part of that kind of experience. He wants us to look forward to Heaven, just as he did after the day on the mountain. He says "you will do well to pay attention" not because there was anything in it for him, but because it will make your life easier.
Peter, as he continued to face the challenges of life after Jesus was no longer with him, even when his life was being threatened by the anti-Christians, had a confidence which kept him going. He had seen what the future held. He had seen Moses and Elijah experiencing the joys of eternal life. He had seen Jesus in His glorified state. It was worth waiting for. He now had hope! He now had a destination!
Do you have hope? Do you know your final destination? If there is any doubt in your mind; if life's struggles are getting you down, ask God for a small glimpse of Heaven. What's to come will be worth the wait!