‘It is finished’. (Rev 21:6)
For many, 2020 has been a year that has brought great difficulty and trials. It has been a year where they have lamented the loss of their liberty, mourned the passing of loved ones, felt the hardship of poverty and missed the company of close comrades. Life as they knew it has changed irrevocably and a season of suffering has been entered in to.
You may be traveling through a valley of shadow right now. You may be experiencing loneliness and loss. But don’t forget the words of the apostle Paul, a man well acquainted with suffering. One day, when trying to bring suffering into perspective, he wrote:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Amongst the most famous words that Jesus spoke from the cross, was the triumphant cry, “It is finished” (John 18:30). He had completed the work He had come to earth to do. This was echoed by the clarion call that rang out through the courts of the new heaven and the new earth.“It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End”. (Revelation 21:6) God was declaring the establishment of a new heaven and a new earth where we can look forward to a life without death or suffering or impurity or night. And, best of all, we can look forward to a perfect relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
There was an old chorus written by Ester Rusthoi we used to sing that many of us loved:
‘It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase.
So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.’
Whatever you have experienced in 2020, remember what Billy Graham once said, ‘I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out alright’.
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