“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” ….When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever” Rev. 1:8, 17-18).
As we live in the aftermath of Christmas and close this year, we remember that JESUS is THE BEGINNING OF LIFE THE END OF HISTORY
But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, kept alert; for you do not know when the time will come (Mark 13:32-33).
The New Testament faith carries forward the assertions of Christ’s present sovereignty to the further assertion that Christ will come again. He came once in humiliation, he will come again in glory. He came once to initiate, he will come again to consummate. When he came in the flesh, he came to share man’s life to suffer with him, and to die. But when he comes again, he will come as risen and ascended Lord and he will come to bring the human story to its end.
The Apostles Creed, which Christians around the world affirm regularly in worship, says that Christ is going to judge the living and the dead. “I have the keys to death and hades,” he said. Christ’s judgment will determine whether we live or die eternality.
The positive aspect of the fact of judgment is that God’s love and faithfulness will be validated with the ‘second coming’ of Jesus.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Cor. 1:20 NIV).
Christ’s kingdom is going to be established, and there’s going to be a new heaven and a new earth. The lamb will lay down with the lion, shalom will be the spirit of that kingdom and men will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, and there will be no more war. Neither will there be any more death or sorrow or pain or separation. All will be wholeness of life for Jesus, the healer and redeemer will reign. His kingdom will know no end, and his joy and our joy will be complete.
HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE? We’re called to be at our task as faithful servants of Jesus Christ who are seeking to live out his will in the world, to be a part of the work of his kingdom, and to continue to pray as he taught us to pray : Thy kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.