Friday, May 30, 2014

What Happens At The End?

The end seems to be a popular topic currently. Christian literature has its Left Behind series. Popular and classic literature is filled with stories about ultimate endings and everlasting beginnings. The Lord of the Rings is about the end of the age of magic and fantasy, of dwarves and elves, and the beginning of the age of men, the ordinary.

I am currently reading a book called The Forever War. Imagine Vietnam with time travel and you’ve got it. The time travel idea means the warriors are out of sync with the chronological time of the universe. The interstellar jumps put the soldier out of the proper timeframe. Hundreds of years have passed as he, or she, goes through interstellar jumps fighting an alien threat. The problem is that this lack of chronology is only experienced by the warriors of each side and not the population of their individual societies. The soldiers fight simply because that is what they are told to do. A peace treaty may possibly have been signed hundreds of years ago, but they cannot know about it because their time is out of sync with that of their societies. They live in a time unique to their situation as they travel across the Galaxy. Their skirmish begins a new series of confrontations between the two races. Neither wishes to continue the war, but neither knows how to stop. They want the end that never comes.

The Gatekeepers tells the story of five adolescents that reappear throughout history in new reincarnations to save humanity of its cyclical desire to destroy itself.

Will the world be destroyed in a fiery holocaust as some believe Scriptures prophecy? Will we destroy ourselves by not caring for creation? Will the sun supernova at some date billions of years in the future? We seem to want to know? We probably don’t want to be here for it, but we want to know

These aren’t things most of us fret about on any regular basis. I doubt it keeps you awake at nights, but Jesus does think about it. In fact, he has it figured out to the very end. He knows your end and mine. He mentioned it to his first disciples. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If this was not so, I would tell you. I am going to make yours ready. I will make sure the banquet to receive you is ready, your bath is drawn, and your bed is made. When all is ready, I will return and gather you to the homecoming. Then we can finally be together for all eternity.[1]

Pastor Craig

[1] John 14:3ff