I thought that title might get you reading.
Well, if you are reading this, chances are that the world didn’t end when the clock struck ’12. Over the past year or so, I’ve answered questions from teenagers I work with about the end of the world. Will it happen on December 21, 2012? Will that movie get it right or did that Camping guy overshoot by a couple of months (twice)?
Will we know if Jesus returns?!
Will Chipotle be served in Heaven?!?
We always want to know when it’s going to happen. What is that about us that makes us want to know? Teenagers are obsessed with the book of Revelation. It reads like a Stephen King novel, sure, but there is so much great stuff in there that helps us live for today. (In fact, it was originally a letter written to 7 churches to pass around in order to encourage them while they live in a hostile environment for Christ followers. It had relevant stuff for them as well as future stuff. Good Bible scholars think that some of that stuff has happened and some of it hasn’t, though there’s loads of disagreement out there.)
Jesus is going to return someday. I believe that with all of my heart. But I’m also driven by His proclamation that “The Kingdom of God is here.” Today, now—the same as it was when it broke into this world with Christ over 2,000 years ago.
What if, instead of freaking out the next time someone rolls out another end-of-the-world prediction, we let our sense of wonder take over and dream of how we can build The Kingdom of Jesus even stronger? In some of Jesus’ last teachings, He said “you will do greater things than me” (John 14:12). This verse has always perplexed me with how Jesus used the word “greater.” How could we ever do something greater than what Jesus has done for us?
Whatever the answer is to that question, one thing I am certain of: Jesus invites us to help build His Kingdom. 2013 is another year full of opportunities when we get to take Him up on that invitation. That’s something to wonder about and be hopeful for!
I leave you with a final thought. If I wrote this all in vain because the world does end at some point today, would you please pass the Chipotle? I’m hungry.
P.S. Pretty sure the Mayans just got tired of chiseling out a calendar, went on a coffee break, and got sidetracked by another project at work. That, or it was the longest con for a practical joke in history.*
*Well played, Mayans. Well played.