Just over a week ago, when I decided I would spend time each day writing a post which captured something of and reflected on the story of Holy Week, I didn’t realise what a challenge this would be. Trying to write creatively on a different issue on a daily basis had its difficult moments, often feeling at a complete loss as to what I could possibly say.
In some senses, I am glad to have reached the end of the road having completed the task I assigned myself, happy to take some more time over the next post I write. On the other hand, I am disappointed, for a number of reasons: Holy Week is over for another year, the habit of daily writing was fun (despite being difficult) and I certainly benefited from a daily reflection on the word of Scripture (as, I hope, did you). But, before I bring these reflections to an end, there is one more part of this story which needs told.
As you’ll see from the title of this post, I’m calling this post an epilogue. This is mainly due to the fact that it isn’t technically part of the Easter story, although it certainly is part of the story of Christ.
Further, this is a story that is never-ending. I suppose from our perspective and in our understanding, this is the “end” of the story, but the reality is this is a story which will never end.
I have made this statement many times, and I stand by it: the Bible makes many promises to humanity, all of which have come to pass. Well, all except one: the return of Jesus Christ. In my opinion, as track-records go, the Bible has a pretty good one! Which makes me all the more confident that this final promise will one day come to pass.
The book of Revelation prophecies what will take place at the return of Christ. Now, I should put a warning here- we must be extremely careful when it comes to interpreting this book. John Calvin (a favourite theologian of mine) wrote a commentary on every book of the Bible, except Revelation, because he deemed it too difficult to interpret! So, we do need to be careful.
As such, this following passage which predicts the return of Christ may be pictorial but the Truth which lies behind it is absolutely true; Jesus is coming back:
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Rev. 19: 11-16 ESV)
What will the return of Christ herald? The full realisation of the Kingdom of God, and all the wonderful and joyful realities that will bring. And there is none greater than this:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:1-4 ESV)
If you are struggling right now, let this be a world of encouragement. If you despair at the pain and suffering in this world, take heart! For there is coming a time when God will come, and he will remove every pain, every heartache, every sorrow. There will be no more sadness or grief, for these things have no place in the presence of God.
It is my sincere hope and prayer that this reality, this fact, that God will one day remove all suffering from this world, will spur you on to hold fast to your faith. Know that God will come, either in this life or the next, and will bring to you the peace which passes understanding, and the strength to face whatever suffering there is in your life.
I also hope that this past week, Holy Week has been a real blessing for you. Thank you for following these posts as we looked at the stories of Jesus throughout the past week! And, as always, God Bless!