Day 31 - The End of the Story
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:3-7)
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)
God promises comfort and an end to pain, death, and mourning. Buteven more amazing, God Himself will dwell with man forever. Sin will no longer separate God from Man. God will make everything new. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the spring of living water which satisfies our deepest thirst. He promises to be our God and us, His children. Praise God, now and forevermore!
We all love happy endings. Children love fairy tales which end with “and they all lived happily ever after”. But as we got older, we realised that life does not always work in this way. Life seems painful and hard all the way to the end. But what does God promise about the end? At the end of all things, there will be judgment. But for God’s people, we will have a happy ending beyond all others. God who created us for Himself, promises that when all has been said and done, we will be brought home to live with Him forever. At last, we will have the “happy ending” we all long for.
But this end of the story marks the beginning of an eternity of a new story, where all things have been made new. In this new kingdom, King Jesus reigns and God Himself dwells with His people. Sin will no longer spoil the cosmic order and everything will be made right again. C S Lewis writes that we will “begin Chapter One of the Great Story... which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
- What is our final hope according to the Bible? Confess all the times when we’ve lived for fleeting and earthly pleasures.
- What is God saying to us today about our future hope? Ask God to give you new eyes to behold Him and His promises.
Our eternal God, You have promised to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before Your Son at the end of all things. We thank you for this promise because we know that our hearts are “prone to wander”. We confess that we often chase after lesser hopes. Help us Lord to eagerly await that day, and to live in light of what is to come. Amen.
- Members of GBC that we will wait eagerly and productively until our Lord returns.
- The salvation of non-Christians in order that they will will enjoy the blessings of dwelling with God when He returns.
- The missionaries at GBC to be kept blameless and protected while out in the field.