The Bible opens with a beginning and it ends with a beginning. It commences with a narrative, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). It closes with a declaration, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). It opens with the story of creation. It ends with an announcement of the new creation. It opens with a beginning and ends with a beginning.
No mortal was an eyewitness to the first creation so God gave a day-by-day account of it to Moses. But every eye shall witness the new beginning, when all things are made new. The Apostle John was given a glimpse of it. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” he writes. Moses took two chapters to describe the account of the first creation. John takes only one verse. I could wish for two chapters. But isn’t that the point?
Will it take six days to complete this creation, or will preparations be immediate? Will it be anything at all like the present creation, or something entirely foreign to our experience and imagination? John shows us a little. There’s so much more I’d like to see. And isn’t that the point again? Our questions make us thirsty. For now, we long, we wonder, we ask, we wait and watch expectantly for the end… or rather the beginning.
The Bible story opens with a beginning, and ends with a beginning. And, may I add, the best is yet to begin. I can’t wait.