Who doesn’t love a happy ending? We like to see the hero save the world, settle into a peaceful life or become king. This storyline is repeated throughout countless fairytales and movies, but it is the story of the Bible too. The world is a broken place with sin, death and despair reigning in the lives of every person, but Jesus stepped into this pain to ultimately deliver us from it.
We long for a world where we don’t have to deal with cancer, broken relationships, fears about the future or the death of loved ones. All of these things seem to haunt our lives even if we spend all of our energy avoiding them. Medicine can cure some sicknesses, but death will always win in the end. Money might solve some problems, but there are a million more that come because of it. Politics might change some things, but our leaders never actually deliver on their promises, and imperfect people can only do so much.
But what if our leader were perfect? What if we didn’t need medicine because we didn’t get sick? What if death were a distant memory, and it would never happen to us?
This is what Jesus promises at His return. When He comes, He will make all things new. New government, new world, new bodies, new life. Everything that is broken will be fixed and all pain will be cured. Most importantly, we will be united with Jesus, the one for whom we were made.
When He comes back, the first thing that Jesus will do is gather the church to be with Him (1Thessalonians 4:17). There will be a generation of Christians who will not die. People from all across the globe will be “caught up” with the Lord and gathered together with those who have already died in Christ. This moment is the very beginning of His renewal of the whole world—a first step toward reigning as King.
The first time that Jesus came, it was as a small baby in a dirty manger. The second time he comes, it will be as a victorious king. At His first coming, only shepherds and a few scholars in the east knew of His birth. At His second coming, the entire earth will see, hear and recognize Jesus in all of His majesty. He will take his place as the rightful ruler over the earth, establishing a perfect kingdom that will never end. Those who call Jesus King will live forever with Him and experience his perfect love, joy and peace, which is the ultimate happy ending.
The King is coming. The Old Testament promised the coming of Jesus, and it also prophesied that He would return to establish His kingdom on earth. Jesus Himself promised his return when he said to his disciples, “ If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3 ESV).
One day this world will no longer be subject to corrupt politicians, disease, death, and every other thing that is a result of sin. One day, those who are in Christ will be caught up in the air to spend eternity with Him. Let us live with that in mind!