There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 (NIV)
We love stories. We love stories that fit together and are well told. We love stories that ring true to our human experience. We love stories that move us where we are and give us a glimpse of what we can yet be. We love stories in children’s books, stories in the newspaper, stories on the television, stories on stage, stories in novels, stories on blogs, and stories in magazines. We love audio book stories and the family stories shared orally by our parents and grandparents around the table.
In the movie When Harry Met Sally, one of the greatest romantic comedy stories ever, Billy Crystal’s character always reads the last chapter of a book first. That way, if he dies while reading it, he’ll always know the end. I thought of Harry this morning as I opened up the final chapter of God’s story.
One of the great things about reading the entirety of God’s story is the subtle connections that you begin to recognize between totally disparate chapters emanating from different pens at different points in time. Today as I’m reading the final chapter I’m fascinated by the parallels and connections to other parts of the story. There’s even a direct correlation made when Jesus points out “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
- Light is the first act of creation in Genesis and receives the final mention in Revelation.
- Light was created, but it was created before sun and moon.
- Light shines forever in the City of God, but it is not from sun or moon. The Light is from Jesus, the Lamb of God.
- Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.”
- Jesus is the agent of creation: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:2 and “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
As we’ve read through the book of Revelation, I have been impressed more than ever at the story that’s being told, not just in this vision of the end, but in the whole of God’s story. There’s a wrapping up of loose ends. There is the bringing of things together and to a conclusion, while at the same time leaving the story line open for all sorts of possibilities in a sequel.
I love that God is the author of creation and a story teller. I love that all of us who are created in God’s image have our own stories that fit into the whole.
What’s your story?