The End of the World

William C. Brownson

READ : John 14:1-7

As we near the year 2000, speculation mounts about “last things” how human history will come to an end. Will it be through a nuclear holocaust, collision with an asteroid, or will the sun at last explode into a super-node? Will some unimaginable catastrophe befall us, or will we somehow find a way to destroy ourselves?

How different from our anxiety is the calm certainty expressed by Jesus? “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.” He assures his followers that the grand finale toward which history is hastening is his own return. “I will come again.”

I sometimes ask myself how I would react if some other figure from the past had made such an announcement. Let’s say it was Julius Caesar, or Napoleon or George Washington. It would seem to me laughably grandiose. But Jesus’ word I cherish as the truth, because I have come to know him as my faithful Savior.

Every believer feels that way. We trust that Jesus will come, that he will come for us, and that we will be with him forever. How can we be sure? Because he said so often. It’s his promise.


Thank you, Lord, for the sure hope of your coming to receive us. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.