My daughter Lydia loves to talk about what she knows. When it comes to watching movies you must rein her in or you will hear a description of the whole movie before it even starts. Think about it… those movies with surprise ending or an unforeseen twist would be ruined. Watching the movie would be less exciting at best. In movies, suspenseful or fast-moving moments add excitement. This fun of the unexpected does not transfer to life. A life full of uncertainty leads not to enjoyment, rather it leads to a life of anxiety and fear. One becomes anxious when he or she does not know what comes next or how demanding circumstances will be resolved. As we look forward to 2015 and beyond, let us not be apprehensive. Rather, let us have a scriptural view of that yet to come.
The book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John while he was on the island of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea near Greece. It contains a glimpse into time to come. While there are a lot of details and many of these are debatable, you and I need not be distracted by the details but ought to see and be defined by the big picture.
In last several chapters of book of Revelation, one can see a God-view of the world to come. A cursory reading of the end of this book makes it clear that this world, this life will not last forever. So many live a life that declares otherwise… they accumulate things in this life as if these things will last forever. However, God declares that all of the things are around us are temporary, including this world itself. It’s important that as we begin another year, we live as if the world is temporary, for it is.
In Revelation, our standing here and in the future comes into focus. The promised Savior came to this earth as a baby born to a simple couple and many failed and continue to fail to recognize this reality. The same cannot be said of the return of Jesus Christ in the nineteen chapter of Revelation. Here, John paints a picture of the return as being triumphant and powerful and glorious. He asserts that Christ will return as the prodigious arbitrator of mankind. Countless people have lived and live now as if God is not victorious in the end. Many professed Christians can be counted among this crowd. Yet, scripture clearly announces that Christ and His followers are victors. Let each of us live as if the mighty conquering victorious judge of humanity is our personal Savior.
It may be interesting to examine Revelation to understand the endtimes, but let each of us not be blinded by the details and miss the big picture. Despite all the problems of our world today and the prevalence of sin, Revelations reminds us that God wins. I find hope that knowing that this world will come to an end. I am exceedingly joyous knowing that I serve the God who opener and closer of time. That I serve the a powerful conquering King who deeply loves me and has made a way for me to be forgiven and restored. As we begin the new year, let each of us look ahead and see how the story ends… and let this foresight move each of us to live today as if the end is but just a beginning.