If none of the things you want most out of life could be resolved by Jesus coming back, your heart is not calibrated correctly.
Your heart was designed to commune with God. It’s in God that you can have the peace and hope and joy that you thirst for. And when the Son of God returns to make all things right, to judge the still-living and the dead, and to remake all things for His people, those who love Him will get to know Him and be with Him fully, in bodies that will not perish or wear out. Nothing can be more satisfying than knowing Jesus Christ face to face and forever. Nothing. Not retirement. Not romance. Not a career. The greatest prize a human being can have is still to come.
Much of 21st century American life seems designed to make you forget that there is an eternity, a neverending series of tomorrows that you will either enjoy or endure. Netflix and soccer practices and Chipotle and heated car seats and Friday nights and Facebook and ESPN all seem to insulate us against the reality that this American life of creature comforts is not the last chapter of anyone’s life. It is not the way things will always be. Every human being will either meet Jesus to enjoy Him forever or meet Jesus as judge to face what they deserve for their sins. The great finish line you should be keeping in your mind is not the date you can withdraw from your 401k but the day you are raised to find Jesus looking back at you.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’
What do you want most out of life? Creature comforts? Entertainment? Peace and quiet? Financial security? Sex? Respect?
Or do you want people to know God? To see Him glorified? To enjoy Him? To see pain and death banished?
We weren’t born into a day and place that make it easy to remember we’ll each die, much less that the world will be destroyed and remade some day. Ours is a country and culture filled with distractions and amusements. But despite how satisfying we may find Netflix comedy specials and shopping on Amazon, there is something greater to live for. The King is coming to fix what is broken and to fill every soul who is His to the brim with joy and peace. Every moment is a tick on the clock towards the Day when Jesus splits the skies and puts an end to evil and a start to a peace on which the lights will never go out.
Which is why the Bible ends this way.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.