From Beginning to End

Nathaniel Evans was an electrifying preacher and did most of his sermonizing on the Apocalypse. As he was street preaching one day, he came upon a telephone pole with a huge lever sticking out of it and a large sign beneath it stating: “Pull this to end the world.” Nate didn’t buy it but thought, “What a great visual aid.” So, he stationed himself in the street just in front of it and began to prognosticate, “The End Is Near!” As people began to gather, the crowd swelled and, before long, the sidewalks were completely blocked off on both sides of the street when a large truck barreled around the corner and couldn’t slow down; the driver had to make a snap decision. He told the DPS officer that the red spot on the road was inevitable… it was better Nate than lever.

As we embrace the New Year, we should remind ourselves that with God, there is no time. “Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). God did not create 24-hour days so He could keep time. They exist as a time-keeping mechanism for us and the foundation of our week (Exodus 20:11). Whereas, our existence is difficult to imagine without time, that is what it is to be God. So, regardless of our dating preferences, God owns time. He created it (Genesis 1:1), He controls it (e.g., 2 Kings 20:11) and, when the time is right, He will curtail it (1 Corinthians 15:23c-26).

In John’s Revelation, Jesus revealed: “‘I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, “‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Revelation 1:8). Again, He says: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Revelation 22:13). Time begins and ends with God, Jesus is God and the parameters of current time-keeping are of no relevance to God.

Last month, on December 10th, my Dad would have been 89-years-old; “would have been…” is a phrase I find myself mulling over now and again. You see, he passed away a year ago on December 31st, at 11:30 PM; he did not see a “New Year.”

You and I have no guarantee of a “New Year.” However, there is a Divine timepiece involved here: someday, for all of us, time will end. Therefore, “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Live each day to its potential for joy by making Jesus your Lord from beginning to end.

Jeff Sweeten