by Peter White
Many years later, one of Jesus’ followers saw a vision of the end of everything. It was a vision with dramatic symbols of Jesus’ ultimate and complete victory over the deep evil and sinister cruelty of Sin and Death, the final triumph of light in darkness. It is the vision of a lamb. Not a lion or bear or an eagle. Not a symbol of might and power, but one of humility and vulnerability and sacrifice. This is the king on the throne, full of power, but he has no need for a sword in his fist. And this Lamb says, “Behold, I am making everything new.” Everything. Which is really just another way of saying,
Let. There. Be. Light.
And there was finally an end to every darkness the world had ever seen. An end to cancer. An end to terrorist attacks. An end to war. An end to racism. An end to domestic abuse. An end to violence of every kind. An end to sin of every kind. An end to Adam’s world.
This is what Christmas is all about. The King has come. The King is coming again.
And he heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.”
And then he heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Peter White is both a Tulsa native and transplant, having moved away for 9 years and returning 6 years ago. He probably spends too much money supporting the downtown food economy. When not eating within the IDL with his wife, he can be found watching Netflix, whining about the Seattle Mariners’ pitiful offense, reading a theology book, keeping his toddlers from stealing each others’ goldfish crackers, or being a minister of First Methodist. He can be followed on Twitter @thatpeterwhite.