DayBreaks for 10/24/18: The Last Word
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2008:
Last things. A final word. A last goodbye. A condemned man’s last meal. A final hug of a pet or loved one. Last things stick in our minds and it should be so. Last things are important. Maybe more important than first things, and as such they deserve our attention.
As humans, we are conditioned to think of last things as being the end, the swan song. We are conditioned to think in terms of time and space, possibilities and impossibilities, probabilities and improbabilities. In this, as in all other things, we need to have our minds reshaped by the power of the Spirit to see things that our human minds cannot perceive on their own.
Enter Revelation – that book that is revered and feared, loved and hated, and sadly, all too often ignored by believer and unbeliever alike. Revelation is the last book of the Bible and the last one which was written – another of those “last things.” And as such, it deserves our attention.
Revelation is not about prediction: Jeanne Dixon and Nostradamus were into prediction. Predictions may or may not come to pass. Revelation is not a book of prediction, but of eschatology. Most think of eschatology as being about “last things” and rightly so, for that is what the word itself means – the study of last things. But if Revelation is eschatological, it is only eschatological in the worldly sense, for in the great book of John, the key eschatological message is that as the last breath of the earth is gasped out, the heavenly reality is that the future is breaking in upon us.
In Reversed Thunder, Eugene Peterson (note: Eugene passed to glory on 10/22/18, with his last words reportedly being, “Let’s go!”) noted: Eschatology involves the belief that the resurrection appearances of Christ are not complete. This belief permeating the Revelation makes life good, for when we are expecting a resurrection appearance we can accept our whole present and find joy not only in its joy but also in its sorrow, happiness not only in its happiness but also in its pain. We travel on through either happiness or pain because in the promises of God we see possibilities for the transient, the dying and the dead.
How are your expectations today? Are you living in great expectation of another post-resurrection appearance of the Christ, or have you resignedly condemned yourself to a life of mundane trivialities? The expectation of his appearing and of the infinite possibilities his coming hints at are worthy of our meditation and great expectation that this day, as likely as any other day, can be changed from an ordinary day into a day and lifetime of endless anticipation.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us to expect not just Your power through the Spirit, but the appearing of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Let this expectation transform us from victims into victors, from depressed creatures buffeted by life into glorified saints full of joyful exuberance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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