The Return of the King
Read Revelation 21
“And he who sits on the throne said, “behold, I am making all things new.”
In the book Alice Through the Looking Glass, author Lewis Carroll envisions a world where everything is reversed. Running enables you to be stationary, walking away brings you closer, we remember the future but not the past and future actions cause past events. Life is turned upside down. Today we live in an Alice in Wonderland world. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. If you uphold traditional and biblical views of marriage you are a bigot but if you destroy business under the guise of political activism you are regarded as morally superior. You can kill a baby in the womb but face imprisonment if you destroy an eagle egg. Society cannot tell a woman what to do with her body, but they can dictate what we believe and how we adhere to our belief in our personal place of business. As we look about us it is easy to become discouraged when we see so much wrong in our world.
But all is not hopeless. As Christians, we have the foundation for confidence and hope no matter how broken our world may seem. This hope is not grounded in the wisdom of humanity or by turning a blind eye to the realities of sin in our world. Our hope is based upon the return of Christ who will establish his kingdom. While the book of revelation may seem dark and foreboding with its pronouncement of judgment, the message is inherently positive, for the message is about the movement of history towards a conclusion where Christ reigns supreme. Evil does not go unchallenged and wickedness unpunished. In the end, Christ takes us back to the beginning. When God created us, his desire was that we live in a perfect world where we enjoy the benefits of his creative work and daily communion with him. But we abandoned and rejected God’s design in order to assert our own independence. We rebelled and sin entered the world and brought moral chaos and spiritual death. When Christ returns, he will create a new earth, one no longer marred by sin. His presence will once again be seen in our midst. In this, there is both a warning and a blessing. The warning is that those who reject the salvation Christ offers and continue to rebel against God’s moral law will face the certainty of judgment and eternal death (20:14-15). But there is also the blessing. If we accept his salvation, we will no longer struggle with sin and its consequences. When Christ returns as the king, there will be “nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lambs book of life.” Sin is finally eradicated from the world and from our life. This is the foundation of our hope. Our hope is not grounded in human leaders, for they will fail. Our hope is grounded in the coming of the King who will reign in righteousness.
“And he who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” around you, and in the direction our world seems to be moving, remember that this is temporary. God is moving and directing our lives and all of history towards his desired end. Do not allow the troubles of the present to cloud your view of the future. In the end, our world will be reversed, but in the right way by the right King.