Good News: We’re still in the middle of the story

We’re reading from the Book of Revelation in the Easter season.

It makes me wonder how much we think about the first and the last words of the Bible.

The first ones are very well known: ‘In the beginning…’, Genesis 1:1. But I’m not sure we know the end as well: ‘the grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” Revelation 22:21.

Revelation is an often overlooked and easily misunderstood book of the Bible. But one thing I love about is – it’s the only book that hasn’t happened yet. It shows us we’re still in the middle of the story.

We don’t know exactly what will happen, but we know that God writes the whole story of creation and all that is in it. Our lives are part of the story. And we’re still living it.

That’s Good News.

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Revelation 21-22

In the spirit the angel carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day– and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.




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