7th November 2012

The Fulcrum Of History

“Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”
Revelation 5:5 (NIV 2011)

Quite often I record Formula 1 races and watch them in the evening. To keep the final result a surprise, I spend the day actively avoiding the news headlines.

On one occasion, I went out for a meal. The pub happened to be showing the race, but I only saw a glimpse as our table was situated in another room. However, as we left to go home I couldn’t help but hear a loud radio – and the result was made known!

However, I wasn’t too downhearted. The winner was completely different from both the driver who started on pole position and the race leader I glimpsed while in the pub. Intrigued, I watched the race anyway which was very exciting. I found myself quite engrossed, looking out for the events which would favour the eventual winner.

The Bible reveals such an event; one that turned history in our favour. And I am not restricting “our” to just Christians – the whole world will benefit. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has already won the war against sin and death. Though we don’t see the fullness of his victory yet, Jesus will one day return and then all will be revealed.

When troubles hit our lives, for none of us are immune from the world’s problems, it is good to remember that the “end” is already settled. Revelation 11:15 tells us, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever”

Financial worries, job insecurity, health concerns and difficult relationships afflict us all. But they will not prevent the final outcome. The book of Revelation was originally written to Christians suffering terrible persecution. They were encouraged to lift up their heads in hope, for victory already belongs to our Lord Jesus. Nothing can stop his return: “Look, he is coming with the clouds. and every eye will see him” (Revelation 1:7).

We already know the outcome of history, even though we have no idea of how much time is left. The excitement of Christ’s return still lies ahead, spurring us on through our trials of today.

Father, you are the one who marks out both the beginning and end of time. We thank you that you have made known the outcome of history, giving us living hope for today. In our Lord’s name we pray, for Jesus is the one who has secured the victory for us all.

Study by Ian Woodley 

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