Every once in a while, about an hour after I go to bed, as I am about to fall asleep, a child’s silhouette appears in my doorway, backlit by the hallway light. That’s when I know my husband and I are about to be confronted with a theological question of great importance. Maybe this is what Paul had in mind when he admonished us to be “ready in season and out of season”–or awake or half-asleep. This time the question was, “Do you think the world end will end before I die?”
I remember wondering that as well. Will I have a chance to grow up, get married, own a laptop? I gave him the Biblically correct answer (no one knows but God Himself–and if someone says they know, run like your hair’s on fire) but then challenged him as well. The question implies a false assumption–that the world will end. Period. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, I think we do a great disservice to kids (and adults) when we speak of heaven in its stereotypically understood way–some ethereal place where, God, angels, and Abraham Lincoln reside, surrounded by clouds. We don’t embrace our full inheritance in Christ when we fail to speak of and celebrate the promise of a new creation–a new heaven and a new earth that God will create. That is definitely good news! Understanding our full riches as Christ’s children gives us joy and makes life’s sacrifices worth everything!
As God says in Isaiah 65, “For behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create…”
So, son, your question really is, “Will this dying world end and a new, perfect one be created before I die?” Would that be so bad?
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20