Anybody ever thought about what it would be like to live in a post-apocalyptic world? I have. I usually tend to imagine something like “The Road” or “I Am Legend”, or maybe even “Waterworld”. My vision of this can be summed up like so: Pretty bleak, pretty difficult, pretty dangerous.
But surely post-apocalyptic realities are only the stuff of fiction, right?
Truth is, we do actually live in a post-apocalyptic world. On several counts, too.
First, you have the sin of Adam and Eve with the resultant curse. After the human race was plunged into sin and God’s penalty took effect, the world certainly became pretty bleak, pretty difficult, and pretty dangerous. No denying it, the world since the fall meets all the criteria for a post-apocalyptic one. All the result of one man’s sin.
Then, you have the flood in Noah’s day. Think of how much beautiful landscape, thrilling species of plant and animal, and awesome sunsets in the firmament we lost in that event (and following climatological chaos). Yep, this side of the flood the world is certainly more bleak, difficult, and dangerous.
There’s no denying that our first parents would not recognize this place now, so much has changed in the course of a couple of apocalypses. What we take for granted as “just how the world looks” would probably cause them to fall onto their hands and knees and weep. So much has been lost and destroyed. So much is bleak, difficult, and dangerous.
But to end there is to neglect the third apocalypse. Yes, the third, which has also already taken place. The death of Jesus Christ.
Yes, when the whole world was judged, even condemned, in His flesh. When the curse of our entire race fell upon one man, hung on a tree. Think of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, praying for strength before confronting that task that would be…
…and oh, so dangerous.
And the world ended, in one sense, on that cross. When Jesus cried aloud, “It is finished”, it was that apocalypse the faithful had been waiting for for centuries, millennia even. And now that He, by His death, has swallowed death, we are made heirs of the post-apocalyptic world to come, which is bright, easy, and safe.
And eternal. Don’t forget that.