Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 21 September 2016

They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.   You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed.  But you remain the same, and your years will never end.  Hebrews 1, verses 11-12.

A few days ago I shared that I believe creation is how the universe was created, how any reasonable discussion about the facts of evolution and creation will logically lead an intellectually honest person back to creation as that only logical explanation.

Now, in our best “Meatballs” moment, let’s all say this together:   “it just doesn’t matter.”

It doesn’t matter because what was created will be destroyed.   All that was created will be un-created by the same God who created it, all in His own time and by His design.   We don’t have control over that:   He does.   When He gives the word, it’ll happen.   You and I can rail against that, insisting that we, the created, should have a say in how He gains His glory, but the fact is we don’t have a say in it.   Only He does.   And when it’s said and done, He’ll still be and we can be with Him there.

Isaiah prophesied: “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.”  Psalm 102, written years before Isaiah, says also “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.  Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.  But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

So, say it with me again:   it just doesn’t matter.   There.   We’re sounding more like Bill Murray every time.

Now remind yourself of a few things.  Consider that Isaiah’s words were a promise.   They were God-inspired and bound to happen.   Remember that the Psalm is a hymn of praise as well as a statement of obvious fact.  But most of all, remember that this section of Hebrews establishes praise for Jesus because of His supremacy over all creation.   The author of the book has already tied Jesus back to creation and Eden themselves.   Now he’s saying that Jesus will oversee the end of all He created yet, after that end, Jesus will remain.   Therein is the hope of the world.

Huh?   The world that we’re talking about dissolving, perishing, destroying, changing has hope after all that has happened?   You betcha.  Not only hope, but the PROMISE, the guarantee, of eternal life.   Hope isn’t just some wishing well or some David Copperfield trick.   It’s a promise, the expectation of a fulfilled agreement.   God gave us the hope that He would endure past all that we know and trust and that, because of this, we can be sure of living forever.   He who is eternal assures us that, because He who is all love and purity endures past time and matter, we who put our trust in Him will live with Him when time and matter cease to be.

And cease they will.   Quote me on this (even tell my atheist friend):   sometimes I think the story of creation’s beginning and end is a giant head game.   I mean, God simply IS and He’s over everything because He created and can control everything.  The ending has already been determined and advertised.  It’s a foregone conclusion that, in the end, evil will be destroyed, Satan will be destroyed, everything that was corrupted by sin will be destroyed.   When that’s done, God will reshape it into something new, perhaps something like the world of Adam and Eve.  This will all again be a paradise where Jesus will once again commune with us, face to face and God-man to man.   There won’t be the taint of sin; there won’t be any anger, violence, or separation from Him.  Those things will have ended and what will remain will be only what God has ordained:   Himself (and His perfect love) and those who have loved Him.   We’ll endure not because of anything we’ve done, but because He made it possible.

Whatever worldly things we trust now just won’t matter anymore.  Things won’t matter.   Parties and plans won’t matter.  Long trips, schedules, project plans, bills, DVR shows, Bill Murray movies, weather forecasts, blogs, iPhones, and steak & shrimp on the menu just won’t matter.   What will matter will be Jesus and holding His hand there in love throughout all eternity.

For more reading:   Isaiah 34:4, Psalm 102: 25-27.

Lord Jesus, only You matter.   Thanks for Your promise of living forever in the world You’ll make new.

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