Tuesday, September 15

Everything new

Scripture: Ezekiel 40-41, Psalm 128, Revelation 21

Revelation 21:1–5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 

5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

Observation

What a beautiful vision of what we like to think of as heaven!

There will be a new heaven and a new earth, where God will dwell among his people.  No more death or sorrow or crying or pain—every tear wiped away!  And everything will be made new!

Application

We can’t imagine what this will be like.  Life without pain or sorrow?  Life without death or tears?  Every time I lose someone I love to death, I think of these verses, and long for this.  No more goodbyes.  No more loss.  No more grief.  That day is coming.

There is so much about heaven that is unclear, but this I know: God will be there with us; we will be together; and all things will be new.  

This takes the sting out of death, and it makes me pray, “Come Lord Jesus!”  Particularly when I see suffering and loss and pain…Come Lord Jesus!  It doesn’t mean that we don’t work here and now to alleviate that suffering and pain.  We should; we must.  But we know that this isn’t heaven and never will be.  

1 Corinthians 15:24–26  After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  But it will be destroyed.  Until then, we fight the good fight and look forward to the day of the Lord’s return!

Prayer: Thank you for the comfort of this vision, Lord!  Come Lord Jesus!