Dear friends and members of Resurrection,
A friend of mine recently lamented: “I’m afraid that the end of the world is almost here. Look at all the wars and all the disasters happening. It’s just like in the Bible.”
“There’s no way to know,” I answered, “ but if the end of the world is near, how do you want to spend today?”
This is not the first time someone has said something like that to me in my nearly 30 years of ordained ministry. So far, everyone has been wrong.
Though many throughout history have tried to figure out the exact date of the world’s end, Jesus himself said that he did not know that date, only his Father in heaven knew.
And more precisely, the Bible doesn’t speak about the end of the world, but of the transformation of the earth—of that day when heaven and earth meet and are one and God reigns all in all.
Rather than a fearful picture of gloom, the end of things as we know them is really a picture of hope when all things will be transformed into what God intends them to be!
Of course, if you are a person of violence, resentment, hatred, stinginess, etc. that transformation may be a painful one. And who among us isn’t some of those things some of the time?
It is somewhat like birth: there is no easy way for a baby to be born—it is a painful process. But it is so worth it!!! (Just ask Katie or Jonathan, who practically glow as they carry little Amy around!)
Just so, being “born” into the person God intends us to be is a painful process. We feel those “birth-pangs” even now as we work to change broken relationships or old prejudices.
But do we need to fear that transformation? I don’t think so. As we live this life, we learn through experience that we are given the strength we need to live, even through painful times.
Instead, of fear, hope may be a better response. There are so many wars and disasters—if the day is coming when all destruction ends, isn’t that cause for hope?
Don’t just take my word for it: join in our summer Bible study at RLC of the book of Revelation, the book most commonly cited to predict the world’s end. Learn together what the message of this writing is—for its own time and for our time.
We will be meeting the first, second and third Tuesdays of June, July and August from 7:00-8:15p.m. Bring any translation of the Bible with you, and bring any friends or neighbors who you think might be interested in this exploration.
No prior knowledge of the Bible is required. Just an open heart and open mind. Hope to see you June 4th!
Peace and hope,