1st Sunday in Advent: "KtTime: The Day of the Lord"
2nd Sunday in Advent: "KtT: The Day of His Coming"
3rd Sunday in Advent: "KtT: The Present Joy"
4th Sunday in Advent: "KtT: The Time of Fulfillment"
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The last two weeks we've been talking about the chairon of the Lord—the appointed times for His great and glorious things to happen. Specifically, we've been talking about two days both often referred to as the Day of Lord in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The first Day was the Day of God's judging and smiting of sin. It was the Day when He became victor over sin. When sin's power was broken. Its force stopped. It was an awful day. A fearful day. A day of darkness and rumbling. The earth, the heavens, and God's temple in Jerusalem all reverberated with the judgement that occurred that Day. We call that Day Good Friday. The Day the Lord died for sin. Crushing it in Himself.
What is this comfort which John preached? What is this joy and peace which is ours now?
Forgiveness. That's what the Day of the Lord accomplished. We try to walk the straight path. And we fail. There is no shame in admitting that. For it is the truth of all flesh. The comfort John came to bring is God the Father's forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Forgiveness through the Lamb of God who takes away sins of world. John knew his baptism gave that forgiveness, even though the One who would accomplish it was still yet to accomplish it. Does that warp your mind? John was called by God to give out something that wasn't yet accomplished. Is that possible? It is with God. Time doesn't matter for God. Not in terms of forgiveness. His forgiveness covers everything, even before it is done in time. God is powerful like that. Time matters to the Law, to judgement, to justice. That's why the Comforter, John, was crying out, "Repent before its too late! Do not wait. Time is ticking. Once you are forgiven, time doesn't matter. But til you are forgiven every moment brings your doom closer. The Day of Lord is at hand. Do not test God. Repent."
This is your present reality. Joy. Forgiveness. Salvation. Righteousness before God the Father. His eternal good pleasure and love for you. Unbounded. Unfettered. Unreservedly yours.
In +Jesus' name, Amen.
—Pastor David Haberstock
Epiphany Lutheran Church
Thunder Bay, ON