Miss Marple, hope and happy endings

Last night I was watching a Miss Marple DVD – I love a good who-dunn-it. I don’t particularly enjoy the gory ones, but I enjoy the process of unravelling the mystery. I find it satisfying that when you sit down to watch you can be sure that whoever did it will be uncovered, caught and punished. I’m sure some physiologists would say the popularity of such programs is based on the fact that we live day-to-day with chaos and uncertainty so the neatness of a happy ending, good triumphing over evil appeals to us. Yes, we live in a world were evil seems to triumph, bad things happen, people hurt each other. But to say that Happy Endings are only found in fiction is also deceiving – the bible clearly tells us that Good will triumph over evil in the end.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

You see we are in a funny position now. My mum used to have a habit of reading the end of a book first so that she could decided if she wanted to read the whole thing or not. We have seen the end of evil through the Word of God – we know how the story will end.

Revelation 21:2-4 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Yes, if we look at things now they seem confused and out-of-order, but we have been given a glimpse of the ending – good will triumph, evil will be punished and pain will be taken away forever. So if you find yourself longing for a happy ending know that it is not just a work of fiction but a fact of reality – God’s reality.

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