O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people the coming of their King.
Like the flowers of the field they perish, like grass our works decay,
the power and pomp of nations shall pass like a dream away;
but the word of our God endureth, the arm of the Lord is strong;
he stands in the midst of nations, and he will right the wrong.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, the lambs he’ll gently hold;
to pastures of peace he’ll lead them, and bring them safe to his fold.
– Stanzas 2 and 3 from There’s a voice in the wilderness crying by James Lewis Milligan, 1930.
In several places in the Bible, it talks about the works of this earth will pass away when God’s kingdom comes to earth, and God’s kingdom will last forever. Just like former empires have crumbled, so too will those mighty governments of the world fade away when God’s reign comes to earth. When Christ returns, he will bring God’s reign for all the world. Peace will be throughout the land, and justice will flow like a mighty stream. These words are familiar to us from throughout sacred scripture. It is hard to really fathom what they mean. They are metaphors for a beautiful, unimaginible future that God has planned for all of creation. The fulfillment of God’s promise to the earth, and the santctification of all of creation. At some future point in creation, God’s power will descend from heaven and will transcend all of creation. Call it the end of the world. Call it the beginning of eternity. Call it peace. Call it what you will. It is in this hope that we move forward in faith, knowing that we are the people of God who are called to this hope. Let this hope shine in us like the light of Christ until God’s kingdom returns!