Now and then

Isaiah 65:17-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

In the beyond, in the dream, on the mountaintop, in the joy made flesh—not in the flesh still longing—is where I want to dwell. I long to be in the “new heavens and a new earth” where “former things shall not be remembered or come to mind,” as Isaiah puts it. Give me that. Give me all manner of things that shall be well, so well that even “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust!”

Or give me, centuries later, Jesus’ vision of what must end before the new can unfurl. As Luke heard it, observers were marveling at the beautiful stones and gifts adorning the great temple at Jerusalem when Jesus warned, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”


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