THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE END TIMES - 9
The end times are upon us. This is not something to dread
but to look forward to, as we will experience the fullness
of our salvation, “in a very little while” (Is
29:17a). At that time, “Lebanon shall be changed into
an orchard, and the orchard be considered a forest!”
(Is 29:17b). Later Isaiah says that “the wilderness
becomes a garden land and the garden land seems as common
as forest.” (Is 32:15b). The wilderness that is the
world today will give way to the garden that is Eden restored.
will characterize that end time? There will be reversal and
restoration, from wilderness to garden, from darkness to light,
from death to eternal life. The deaf shall hear, the blind
shall see, the lowly shall find joy (Is 29:18-19). “For
the tyrant shall be no more” (Is 29:20a). Satan will
be totally crushed and his tyranny over peoples can no longer
continue (except for those who enter his dominion in hell).
“All who are ready for evil shall be cut off”
(Is 29:20c). Those who remain in sin and prefer to follow
Satan rather than Christ will be condemned and cut off from
eternal life. “No longer shall Jacob be ashamed, no
longer shall his face grow pale.” (Is 29:22b). There
will be no more tears, mourning or pain, there will no longer
be the humiliation of a life lived beneath the dignity of
being a child of God, and we can all hold our heads high because
our salvation is complete.
that is something to really look forward to! Jesus is Savior!
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should
I fear?” (Ps 27:1a). Oppressed by the enemy in the world,
we will finally be free. The evil that has reigned in a darkened
world will finally fall. “When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes themselves stumble
and fall.” (Ps 27:2).
while struggling in a fallen world, we keep our eyes on Jesus
and the final victory that is to come when he returns. Enduring
the hardships and oppression of life in the world, we look
forward to the world to come. “One thing I ask of the
Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all
the days of my life.” (Ps 27:4a). Then we will enter
heaven and be with God forever, “to gaze on the Lord’s
beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps 27:4b).
This is why our work of evangelization is so important. For
many people, especially those who are lapsed in their faith,
hearing the gospel proclaimed, and being led to renewed faith
in Jesus, is the key to making it to heaven. Those who meet
Christ can start to live Christ now and experience a great
life in him. “I believe I shall see the Lord’s
goodness in the land of the living.” (Ps 27:13). At
the same time, we patiently await his final return in glory,
as we persevere and courageously live our faith. “Wait
for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the
Lord!” (Ps 27:14).
is our faith in Jesus that works wonders, as in the case of
the two blind men whose sight Jesus restored (Mt 9:29-30a).
The “two blind men followed” Jesus (Mt 9:27) and
“approached him” (Mt 9:28a). They met Jesus. They
expressed their faith in him. “‘Do you believe
that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said
to him.” (Mt 9:28b). So Jesus worked the miracle.
task as evangelizers is to help bring people to Jesus, to
help bring them to repentance and faith. When we evangelize
others and they listen, “those who err in spirit shall
acquire understanding, those who find fault shall receive
instruction.” (Is 29:24). They will see, they will change,
and their sorry situation will be reversed. We proclaim the
gospel, they hear and believe, they call upon the name of
Jesus, and they are saved. This is our all-important task.
This is our great privilege. We must do our part to share
two blind men were warned sternly by Jesus not to tell anyone
about what had happened (Mt 9:30). “But they went out
and spread word of him through all that land.” (Mt 9:31).
Their gratitude and joy could not be contained. They could
not keep themselves from sharing the good news of what Jesus
had done for them. How about us? God has blessed us with so
much. Do we proclaim that to all?
told the blind men not to tell anyone but they did. On the
other hand, Jesus commands us, his disciples, to tell everyone
but some of us do not. If that is the case with you, you remain
to the New Evangelization, as the end times are upon us.