November 4

Revelation 21:1-3

“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” vs. 2

Apocalyptic writings emerge in times of fear and dread, those moments when nations are on the move and catastrophes loom. It should be no surprise then, that our age teems with apocalyptic thinking. A glance at the trailers of current movies shows a huge interest in science fiction (the new apocalyptic) and abound in doomsday scenarios. There are massive explosions, monsters from outer space, invasions of aliens, and complete disaster on earth. And evidently movie buffs love it! We could say that the book of Revelation could provide a great contemporary film script, except for one thing: it doesn’t end in disaster! Instead there is a new creation, and the whole universe gets a reboot! It’s a happy ending, the best we could ever imagine, and it’s one that we gladly claim for ourselves and for all the saints. Our ending is a wedding day, a time when what we have seen in part through all our lives is revealed in all its glory and delight. It’s the consummation of all that we have hoped for, the completion of all our hopes and dreams. This is a vision worth hanging onto for all of us, saint and sinner alike. Think of it! One day goodness will triumph over evil, life will conquer death, and all will be one in Christ!

Thought for the Day: How do I feel about the future?

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