It seems odd to use Creation as a proof of the second coming, but that is just what Peter does in this letter.  Those who question Jesus’ return due to His prolonged absence have forgotten the Power and Authority of God.  The God who with a word created all that is can bring about the Parousia whenever He chooses.  If He chooses to delay, even by a matter of millennia, He has that authority.  Jesus will return, but when that happens is God’s call, not ours, and we have no right to doubt its veracity.  In fact, Peter says, God’s delay is itself grace.  His patience is so that more and more people have the time to come to know Him.  He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  And after all, “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Which brings me to one of my favorite jokes.  A man in prayer asks God if this is true.  “Is it true that with You a minute is like a thousand years?”  “Yes, this is true,” God responds.  “And is it also true that with You a dollar is like a billion dollars?”  “Yes, that’s true as well,” the Almighty replied.  “Well, then, God, can I have a dollar?”

“Sure,” God says, “give me a minute.”


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