The End – or The Beginning?

So it’s the last day of 2013.  This morning I read “the ends” of the Bible.  Malachi 3-4, Revelation 21-22, Psalm 150 and Proverbs 31.  Malachi and Revelation are all about the end of the world as we know it, which feels a bit weird.  This world is all I know.  If I didn’t have my faith I think I would be terrified of this world ending.

2014

But I do, so I’m not.

Instead of being scared about this world crumbling I am excited!  I can’t wait until Jesus comes again!  Doesn’t this world as described in Revelations sound better than what we currently have?

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”  (Revelation 21:1-5)

No more death.  No more missing the ones we love.  No more mourning over a death, a sick child, a broken marriage.  No more crying over the people we love.  No more pain from regrets of our past.

This year is over.  Many people will mistakenly look to 2014 with great anticipation for a better life instead of looking to the only One who can truly deliver it.  Jesus is our great deliverer on this side of the new Jerusalem.  We will experience death, mourning, crying and pain until He comes again.  But when Jesus makes His reappearance, get ready.  For He will make everything new, including you.

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.”

(Revelations 22:20)

Blessings in 2014!

Leigh

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