This past Sunday I was on vacation visiting my younger daughter and her husband in South Carolina, so I got to attend a different church and hear a different pastor preach. I always enjoy this — seeing what other saints are doing and how they are thinking. The message was a good one, a reminder that as saints we can be hopeful.
Many people today are fearful — they are afraid of their own death, and they are afraid that the world will end through some man-created catastrophe — global warming, nuclear war, an unstoppable plague etc.. These fears have always been around, and so far it hasn’t happened. The Bible actually tells us that although the world as we know it will come to an end, it’s not our job to predict or worry about how it will happen. When that day comes, it will be like a thief in the night — something we probably aren’t expecting at all.
The best news that as Christians, we know that the end of our life or even the end of the world will actually be a blessing. Why? Well, when that happens all God’s saints will be:
The Bible tells us that our bodies will be resurrected. We will be ourselves, but without the aches and pains, the sinful desires, the anxiety and depression that we experience now. We will be reunited, with Christian friends and family members who have gone before us. We will get a chance to meet some of the great cloud of witnesses–saints of the Bible or from history that we admire. What would you like to ask Martin Luther? or Mother Teresa? or the apostle Paul? The world itself will be restored to it’s pre-fall condition. I guess that means no disease, no destructive weather, no failed crops. The most beautiful scenery we have ever seen will be surpassed by the beauty of God’s world in that day. Finally, we’ll be rewarded by the continuing presence of our Lord. What could be better than that?
As saints, we have nothing to fear. We can be hopeful. God will never leave us or forsake us.
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4