Henry Kliewer - “Until He Comes”
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Henry Kliewer (Conference Pastor for the Mennonite Church in BC and former pastor of Sherbrooke) spoke on the Advent theme, "Until he comes". 2 Peter 3 was written to early Christians who had accepted Christ's first coming and were now truly expecting his return within months. But the obvious delay encouraged non-believers to scoff, making Christians feel increasingly foolish. Peter articulated a change of thinking. He maintained that Christ is (still) coming, but meanwhile, here is how we should live. Good living, as believers, remains important even if Christ's return is being delayed. Peter pointed out that to God, a day is like a 1,000 years (if anyone is counting), that scoffers in the past lived to regret it (friends of Noah). Peter did not try to terrorize his believing friends, but encouraged them to try to live in the expectation of a new heaven and new earth. Also, the Lord's delay is possibly an enormous advantage if a loved one is not yet ready for the return of Christ. [JEK]