By Klaus Döring
The last word is the best news of all. A happy ending after all? Really?
“The Last Word” is an offbeat romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Haley. It stars Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and it had a wider release in 2008.
We sense it at rare moments. We see the good, the beauty in new crops, in flowers, in sunshine, and even in rain. Last night’s thunderstorm in Davao City scarred me a lot. Lightning, flood… wow.
This world may be full of pollution, war, crime, and hate. But inside us, all of us, linger remnants that remind us of what the world could be like – of what we could be like.
The Old Testament prophets dreamed of “that day”, when creation would be made new. And those sensations, following a dismal monotone of predicted catastrophes, burst out of the last few chapters of Revelation. That perfect world is not merely a dream. Yes, I am pretty sure, it will come true.
I really enjoy reading Revelation again and again. Revelation shows us a new world at last. There will be no more tears then nor pain.
Revelation ends on a note of great triumph. Somehow, out of all the bad news augured here, good news emerges-spectacular Good News. I remember my radio show hosting on a Good News Radio FM-station in Davao City more than 20 years ago. Yes, good news.
To those who believe, Revelation becomes a book not of fear, but of hope. God will prevail. All will be made new.
The Bible began, remember, back in Genesis, with a tragic defeat, when humanity, made in the image of God, rebelled. It ends with a reunion – a marriage, Revelation calls it. A happy ending after all…
A perfect world? How could you design it? What would it look like? I am really waiting for your comments and suggestions.