THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE END TIMES - 8
The ministry and mission of Jesus is all about overturning
what is not right and restoring what is right according to
God’s original plan. He brings light into the darkness
of the world. He brings salvation from sin. He is Truth versus
the father of lies. He is Peace in the midst of strife. He
is the Way to those who have lost their way. He brings life
to overturn death.
in his public ministry, it was but natural for Jesus to overturn
and restore. People brought the lame, the blind, the deformed
and the mute to him and he cured them (Mt 15:30). Being so
used to the sorry situation of people, “the crowds were
amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made
whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see”
the greatest restoration is the restoration of paradise, from
Eden to the New Jerusalem. We were meant for paradise, a perfect
existence, but it was lost, and Jesus came to make it possible
for us to once again return to paradise. The New Jerusalem
will be stark contrast to this world.
Here there is poverty, hunger and even famine. “On
this holy mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all
peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich
food and pure, choice wines.” (Is 25:6). God will
provide not just food but a feast!
there is mistrust, envy, selfishness, deceit, disunity,
strife. “On this mountain he will destroy the veil
that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations.”
(Is 25:7). People will see the truth that they are all children
of God, that they are their brother’s keepers, that
they must be united as is the one body that they are. People
will be untangled from the web of deceit and disunity that
has plagued peoples and nations throughout all time.
there is darkness, sickness, injury, despair and death.
“He will destroy death forever.” (Is 25:8a).
There will be no more death but only eternal life.
there is sorrow and pain. “The Lord God will wipe
away the tears from all faces” (Is 25:8b). There will
be no more mourning, wailing or pain, but only absolute
joy in being with God forever.
there is condemnation. “The reproach of his people
he will remove from the whole earth” (Is 25:8c). There
will be no condemnation or exclusion, but only welcome and
entry into heaven.
Jesus “went up on the mountain” (Mt 15:29b)
and cured and restored the people. We in turn, having been
cured and restored, will at the end of time go up “on
this mountain” (Is 25:6a). This is Mount Zion, the
city of the living God. This is the New Jerusalem. This
is paradise. This is heaven. There we will live gloriously,
“for the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain”
is a long journey, from Eden to heaven. Some will be lost
along the way. Some will get tired or frustrated and give
up on their journey. Some will prefer the pleasures of pagan
places along the way. But those who persevere will have their
reward. The fullness of this blessing will be manifest in
the end times. “On that day it will be said: ‘Indeed,
this is our God; we looked to him, and he saved us! This is
the Lord to whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that
he has saved us!’” (Is 25:9). We look to Jesus
the Savior. He has saved us. He will be the one to welcome
us into heaven.
is this Jesus? He is our shepherd who guides and protects
us (Ps 23:1-4). On earth we “walk through the valley
of the shadow of death” (Ps 23:4a). But Jesus saves
us and “restores my soul” (Ps 23:3a). Our souls
are not lost to the netherworld, as the evil one strives to
accomplish, but our souls make it to heaven where they belong,
according to the original plan of God. On earth we may have
nothing to eat, hungry and on the verge of collapse (Mt 15:32),
but Jesus was able to multiply loaves and fish such that “all
ate and were satisfied” (Mt 15:37a), with even more
left over. Jesus has conquered the world and triumphed over
need to meet this Jesus, in whom “there is nothing I
lack” (Ps 23:1b), who “guides me along right paths”
(Ps 23:3b), who comforts us (Ps 23:4c). How do people meet
Jesus and have an intimate personal encounter with him? They
need to hear the good news of salvation in him. They need
to be evangelized. Then, even in this life, “goodness
and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life” (Ps
23:6a). We will experience healing and restoration.
importantly, when the end comes, we will make it to heaven.
“I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.”