The School year is concluding! And with this conclusion, so the student’s adventure through God’s Big Story as found in the Bible is also concluding too! The Bible’s final book is Revelation – a book filled with amazing imagery and challenging concepts. It was penned by the disciple John in the last years of his earthly life in a Roman penal colony on the island of Patmos. All Jesus’ other disciples had been martyred by this time and John was the last surviving member of the original twelve.
From an earthly point of view there was no ‘happily ever after’ ending for the disciples, but all of them finished their time here on earth in great peace and joy, for they knew deep inside them that they were safe with their saviour Jesus. This is reflected in the Book of Revelation where John receives a vision of heaven and in Chapter 21 where he records - 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
This is what awaits all people who exit their time here on earth trusting Jesus as their Lord and saviour. It is this promise that brought peace and joy to the original twelve disciples and enabled them to live out lives of incredible love and service and it is the same promise that we are given today as we entrust ourselves to Jesus and his love and forgiveness and surrender our very lives to His direction and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Our journey here on earth is always challenging – being filled with great joy and sorrow as we navigate our way through all before us but the promise of being with Jesus now and into eternity means that we are in God’s Kingdom now and forever and this is the greatest truth we can receive in our lives. May our celebrating of Jesus Birth in the upcoming weeks be filled with joy as we live in the promises he makes to us through the Bible.
Lay Chaplain and Middle/Senior School Teacher