“And they all lived happily ever after.” We love this ending to stories. We love to see the Princess riding away in her ornate carriage with her newly-wed husband as crowd cheers. What is it, exactly, that makes us love these stories, these fairy-tales so much? Among other things, it is the triumph of good over evil. We cannot imagine that the evil stepmother and her daughters will win; we find it impossible to picture the mad pirate killing the boy who never wants to grow up. Good has to win, and in these stories it so often does. Good wins, evil looses, and “they all live happily ever after.”
The Christian can enjoy each of these stories, because they can point him to the True Story that is found in Scripture. Good will triumph over evil. Darkness will be broken by the light. One day, in clouds of glory, the Son of Man will return in fire and judgement (2 Thess. 1:7-9). On that day, the final enemy will be defeated: death will bow its heinous knee, never to rise again. Paul expresses it best:
O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Corinthians 15:55
Once this is completed, eternity will begin. We will behold the face of a Christ in full undisclosed glory. From then on, we will all live “happily ever after.”