Change is a fact of life. No matter how much I resist or fight it, change will happen. Sometimes it’s momentous and can feel disconcerting or disorienting. Other times it’s more subtle, and we barely notice it. Yes, change is inevitable.
As we conclude our series on The End, we have been hearing and reading about some “changes” that are occurring, heralding the end of the world. But through it all, there is one constant: Jesus Christ.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
I find it interesting that Revelation—a book filled with eye-popping, jaw-dropping examples of “changes” that are coming—begins with a reassurance about the One who does not change. John greets the churches with some of these same words in verse 4, but it’s God Himself who speaks to His people in verse 8.
He seems to say, “There are changes coming. The End is coming. But I remain the same.” As I consider the return of Jesus and the end of the world, this verse brings me hope. It’s a reminder that the One returning is the same One who calls us to take His yoke upon us (Matthew 11:29). It is the same Jesus who forgave the woman who should have been stoned for her adultery (John 8:11).
Is The End frightening? Sometimes. But those who know Jesus can be at peace. Not because we are special or more important or wiser than others, but because we trust in the Unchanging One. The one who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The One who was born to die that we might live.
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. Revelation 22:20-21