End of the World?

I have heard many people say that 2016 – with its reports of wars, political tensions, violence and wide-scale computer hacking (really, you can generate fake news?!) – was a rough year.

Over the last few weeks, the book of Revelation has been very comforting to me. I don’t mean that I am reading today’s new and predicting the “end of the world” tomorrow. What is comforting to me is not that Christ someday will be King. What is comforting is that He already is King!

The crystal clear image in Revelation is that God is in charge. It is He who sits on the throne, and it is His Son – His Son alone – who unfolds history. Is there war? God is not shaken. Does it seem like peace has departed? This, too, is not outside God’s provision.

The four horsemen that Jesus calls for in Revelation 6:1-7 sound a lot like the headlines: political upheaval, war, economic chaos and death through violence, famine and sickness. At least for me, it is comforting to know that our King is involved, active and in charge.

How did Jesus gain this authority? Through His sacrifice. What scares most people about leaders is the old saying, “power corrupts.” In Jesus we have a ruler who was willing to take on death in order to deliver life, a King who was willing to be born as a baby so that we might “grow up.” This God is not like any other so-called god and not like any human ruler we have ever seen on earth.

At least not yet. Someday, this God will be our God here on earth.

And the government will rest on His shoulders, and…there will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

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