It’s almost been one month since the world was predicted to end but we’re still here. Thanks to Allison Morris who created and forwarded me this illustration of an historical timeline on apocalyptic predictions made about the coming of the end of the world. So for those of you who feared the end was coming on December 21, 2012, we can be sure that similar predictions will be made again in the future.
It’s funny how even we Christians will try to predict the end when Jesus already said that no one knows the end of days. Jesus warned about those who try to predict the end of time saying:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. (Matthew 24:36)
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For Jesus, what is his heavenly Father’s will? The answer is revealed in Matthew 6:11-12. I believe it is the purpose of the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus is asking his father to forgive us our debts or sins, as we also forgive those who sin against us. What Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer (The Our Father) is about asking God for forgiveness and helping us to forgive others who hurt us. Forgiveness is central in our Christian faith. It is the core of what we are to do, and it is the reason God sent Jesus to earth. It’s the Good News; and God’s will for us is to forgive others who sin against us, and to teach others to do likewise. This brings true reconciliation into the world.