“We have to wait our turn; Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father ”.
1 Cor 15:23, 24 EHP
Sometimes, when a massive crisis faces the world, we wonder, “Wherever is all this getting to?” People have asked that question down all the centuries. Some have been bold enough to venture speculative answers, forgetting that unforeseen developments, and totally unexpected happenings would crop up, making nonsense of all the predictions. Who would have imagined, at the conclusion of the Second World War that within twelve years humans would have been shooting a sputnik into outer space? Or who would have imagined in the same space of time that the colonial powers would have been scurrying to get out of Africa when less than a century before they had been racing to occupy it?
Cataclysmic events had taken place in Paul’s lifetime. The Messiah promised for long centuries had come. Eternity had invaded time. Totally out of keeping with expectations the Messiah had been crucified, but God had turned the world upside down in the resurrection and Pentecost had been like a spiritual atomic explosion. It was not at all unreasonable, therefore, to believe that the next big surprise would be Christ returning and God coming to rule visibly, overturning and overruling all the powers of evil and death. It would mean that God had called “Time!” just as he had ordered “Go!” at creation. Things did not – in the immediate future – work out as Paul had predicted.
As Christian believers we will still believe what Paul was trying to say – that the future is at the call of God, and all is in his hands.
Lord, I trust my future, and the world’s, to you.