As we begin 2013, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this whole idea of “the last day” on earth. There’ve been a lot of apocalyptic films lately with this theme including the movie “2012” and they were all about fear and dread. On top of that, a bunch of people were worried about December 21st last year because, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, it was to be “the last day” on earth.
However, there is a “last day” coming. It’s referred to in Scripture as “the Day of the Lord.” But it’s not something for us to dread. It’s something to look forward to! The apostle Peter describes it this way, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:10-13, NIV)
Certainly apocalyptic. Heavens disappearing in a fiery roar. Earth destroyed and laid bare. Elements melting in the heat. But we’re supposed to be looking forward to that?
Yes. And here’s why. For the believer, it means the final fulfillment of God’s promises. A new heaven and a new earth. A home of righteousness. Eternal life with Him. The restoration of all things. A resurrection. Jesus spoke of “the last day” like this, “For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40, NIV)
So as we begin 2013, let’s live for “the last day.” Not in fear and dread, but in anticipation. Let’s live holy and godly lives, not living for here and now, but for there and then. Let’s look to the Son for everything we need and believe Him for it. Let’s enjoy eternal life now.