Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Advent 2019, day twenty-four

When God creates the new heavens and new earth, there will be no hell. The gods who rebelled against the Lord of heaven and earth, and against his earthly co-regents, will have imploded within Tartarus, the Pit within Hades, the prison of the underworld. But for the human being, restored, one with the earth from which he came and the heavenly Life-Breath that animated her, there will be no need for hell.

Yet, for now, hell stands, for our good. Reminder that we will return to the earth — how, then, can we continue to destroy it by our thoughtless actions? Reminder that we will be purified through fire — how, then, can we allow ourselves to be consumed by worry as to whether God will welcome or reject us?

Tonight, a child is born who will go ahead of us, to show the way, laid to rest in the belly of the earth, rising again in glory we can barely dare to gaze upon. Come, Lord Jesus.

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