Done! Anyone else feel that way? Done?
Not done as in “tapping out” done. But done as in feeling like the cupboards are bare, the tank is empty, and we’re mostly just running on fumes. I’m thinking pandemic fatigue is a thing.
Good time to be reading the last chapters of Revelation. Casting an eye to the there and then always has a way of helping you through the here and now. Just as I’m feeling kind of done with things on earth, my mind is set on things above. On things that will be. On a time when it really will be done.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And He said to me, “It is done!”
(Revelation 21:3-6a ESV)
Oh for the day when faith gives way to sight. When God tabernacles with His people not through the unseen, wind-like, supernatural dynamic of His indwelling Holy Spirit, but is Himself up close and personal — His throne in their midst.
. . . and God Himself will be with them as their God . . .
God close enough that He can reach out and wipe away every tear. His holy majesty so filling our spaces that former things will have to flee — there’ll be no room for them. New creations in Christ fully realizing all things being made new. And hearing familiar sounding words once again — trustworthy and true words, words worthy of being recorded for eternity — “It is done!”
They bring to mind the words shouted throughout eternity millennia ago which initiated the way of redemption. Three words from a cross. Three words spoken by a Redeemer. Three words which are the hope for eternity. “It is finished.” The work enabling all things to eventually be made new completed. The task performed. The once for all sacrifice executed. Finished. Concluded. Done.
But the “It is done” of Revelation conveys not so much an ending but a beginning. It doesn’t have the sense of completion, but of coming into existence. Of coming to pass. Of finally happening. There is coming a day when all things will be made new. God’s promises realized. A day when it will be done.
Knowing that someday I will hear with my own ears, “It is done,” somehow helps me deal with the “done-ness” of this day. And the next day. And, by God’s enabling, the day after that.
“He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes . . And He said to me, “It is done!”
Done. Yes it is!
According to His boundless grace. All for His everlasting glory.