“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”
The Day that Peter speaks of is not original to Peter. Prophets and Apostles have been speaking of this Day for a long time.
“For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;” – Isaiah 2:12
“The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness” – Zephaniah 1:14-15
“Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near, 2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!” – Joel 2:1-2
“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2
If this Day, which is the final day as we know them, is the culmination of all of our days, it would seem wise that we are ready for it. Unfortunately, very few people prepare for the Day of the Lord. Instead they are caught up in the day of self, which is usually today. (Carpe Diem, YOLO)
This decision to be preoccupied in the moment and not dwell upon the pinnacle of moments, is not just risky, it is downright foolish. Why? Because God has warned us over and over and over again about this Day and its relevance to our eternity. Jesus speaks of this day in parable like form in Luke 12:58,
“As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.”
Christ encourages us to settle our accounts before the Day. So how are we to do this?
This is the essence of being a Christian. This is the essence of the Gospel. The Gospel is best summarized by the following verses. In this section it explains how Jesus is the only payment that God will receive on your behalf.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
The only way to avoid the wrath of the Judge on the day of the Lord is to make payment by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is what propitiation means. God requires payment, and God provides the payment. This payment is His Son. This is the one and only way by which God allows our accounts to be settled. If you try any other way, other than payment in full by the blood of Jesus, you will come up short and you will feel the weight of God’s wrath for all eternity.
If you have not put your faith in Christ as your Savior and your Lord, I would encourage you to do so before it is too late, for “the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” Perhaps it will be tonight.