Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Real Happy Ending

I think we all know the one-line ending of every fairy tale… “and they lived happily ever after”. We relish in that, sigh and wish for our “happily ever after”. Why is this? I believe there is something in each of us that rightly longs for a happily ever after, where everything’s as it should be, justice is served, you have the one you were made to be with by your side forever.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no “happily ever after” on this earth. This world is cursed because of sin and filled with sorrow, pain and tears. The only ending that you and I get at the end of this life is death, and that’s not very happy. And as if that wasn’t enough Hebrews 9:27 says, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”.

However, in this dismal view we have before us there is hope, there IS a happily ever after that we can indeed have. But it doesn’t come through anything or anyone here on earth. It’s not a prince charming who will rescue you from your troubles, although ironically enough, the Bible describes Him coming on a white horse! But be warned, this is no ordinary man… He is to be feared as well as loved:

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called 
Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Hiseyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. 
(Rev 19:11-16)

This rider on the white horse comes as God’s Messiah, He is faithful and true, the righteous one who brings divine justice. He is awesome, mighty, He is King over all, the judge, the Word of God. This is the One you were made for, for you were created by Him, through Him and for Him. Because of sin we were separated from Him, but He loved us so much that He came and took the punishment our sin deserved in His own body on the cross. He died for us, for His bride. Then He rose again claiming the power to give new life to His people. It is by faith in Him that we are made new, that we are made more and more into His likeness, fit to be His bride. In response to this how can we not praise Him and love Him yet more and more? In Song of Songs we read this of the “Beloved”: “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song of Songs 2:3). Further, the bride goes on to say, “Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend” (Song of Songs 5:16). Truly He is my Beloved, the one my soul loves. There is none more lovely, none more worthy of my adoration. For, “My beloved is mine, and I am his.” (Song of Songs 2:16).

I want to leave you with this short film – it walks through Scripture giving characteristics and names of God. Watch, listen, behold your God and all that He is and may your heart be held in awe and worship the One who truly deserves your heart.

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