The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17 (NIV)
Don't you love a good book? Fiction or non-fiction - written well, I can't get enough. Especially the happy ending ones.
In the Bible the book of John ends this way: "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25 NIV)
John wrote his first-hand account of Jesus' ministry on earth. He wrote down the things the Holy Spirit instructed him to write. But as he reflected on his finished work, there were so many things left unwritten. Enough to fill volumes. Because every single thing Jesus did while here, was a story in itself. A life story.
On this side of the timeline of John's gospel, I can confidently say that the whole universe would not have room for all the books that could be written - because what Jesus did, did not end.
He's still working. Still writing the story of you, of me. Countless souls whose lives He has impacted, each has a unique story of the Jesus who saves. John also wrote the last book of the Bible: Revelation. Towards the end of the last chapter Jesus says: "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12 NIV)
Though the books we read here on earth end, Jesus' story never does. And if you have Him as Lord & Savior, yours doesn't either. What we have is not a happy ending - we have a glorious beginning that does not reach an end. Because forever, eternity, can't end.
Time to let Jesus write our stories - let Him add our volume to the countless others. This story may have heartaches, adventures, pitfalls, failures, joys, excitement - but threaded through the story of every Jesus follower is this: HOPE. Because this life is just a beginning and its conclusion here on earth is not the end.
Father, thank You so much for the hope we have because of Jesus. The circumstances we may be experiencing now, they end. The what ifs we face, they end. But a time where there is no more unrest, no tears or sorrow or pain – those times will go on forever when our Savior returns. You are a good, good Father, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen