Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
A few hours earlier, the peacock network aired a live version of Peter Pan. You’re familiar with the story, and the famous tag line, “I won’t grow up.” It seemed to me that our problem isn’t with growing up, it’s with growing old. Upon further thought, essentially, we fear endings, or landings if you will.
It is appropriate that Peter Pan’s home is called Neverland, because we really seem to hope to never land. Endings scare us, they haunt our dreams. When in reality, if we’ve met Jesus, they shouldn’t.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
He alters the state of time, by inserting the present after mentioning both the beginning and the ending. The Lord Jesus further stretches our vision by placing the past, after both the future and the present. He finally wraps it up by giving us a new future to look too.
What does all this mean? It means that, with Jesus, in our present, our past doesn’t define us. It, and our future bow to His will, not our mistakes! He is The Almighty, and will silence all voices that seek to stop us. Isaiah said it like this.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” In other words, there will be no stopping of our future. We fear an end because of the finality we attach to it. Jesus promised to eliminate that. He doesn’t only promise us life without end, He promises it in spite of endings.
The word end occurs in The Bible 291 times. However in the KJV, the word ending appears once, this stopped me in my tracks. In other places He says I Am the beginning and the end, but here, the ending.
The Greek word for both end and ending is Telos. They also used the same word for purpose or goal. Christ is our purpose. He is our goal, and The One we hope to stand beside of past the ending of all things. We do not seek Heaven, we seek The Creator of the Heavens.
The boy in green tights seeks to take people to a place where they’ll never reach their full potential. If all followed this idea, growth would completely die. No grown ups would mean no parents, which would mean no children. Those dreams of, “when I grow up”, would never be fulfilled. We don’t want Neverland, we seek something better than Neverland.
Jesus promised us that something better. One of the meanings of ending is eternal. He promised us, not the avoidance of something, but the completion of it. The Lord Jesus also promised that our every journey would have purpose. He was saying that each of us is important. We all can make a difference.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
We look at Christ’s promise and think it means life after death. In reality, it means life, before, during, and beyond death. He promised us life, and abundant life. God’s focus wasn’t on death, but eternal life.
What’s the difference? He stood at the grave of Lazarus unintimidated by death’s attack. In fact He knew it before Lazarus wasn’t even sick. He stood at the grave, ignoring death, and commanding Lazarus to live.
In Christ’s Ministry, when He raised the dead, He never rebuked death. He simply commanded for the person to live. The only time He spoke to death, was to mock it after His resurrection. He was saying that only He determines the ending. Our endings are not determined by the limits of our world.
It’s not pixie dust to believe in a Creator that has brought us through all the trials that we’ve faced! We’re not tied to a wire, harnessing man made ideas. We do not hope for a land of make believe.
Christians stand in faith, with our eyes raised towards The Maker of all things, believing for something far greater. Our song is not the impossible rant against fulfillment and purpose. Our song is that of The Resurrected Lamb, who has proven His claims.
In short, we can take comfort in this on opening night. When the music plays, and the trumpet sounds, the voice we hear won’t spend time saying what He won’t do. His voice, that clear matchless voice will say, “Come Up Higher”, or to put it in the context of this post … “You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.