Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
John saw it! And God told him to “write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
We should pay attention to a passage that God recommends so highly. Let’s list the facts as they are presented. We are privileged to know:
- There will be a new heaven and earth, without any sea. (Sailors and vacationers will no longer need a sea!)
- A new Jerusalem will come. (An entire city will come from the sky, dressed like a bride! How impressive will that look?)
- God’s home will be with His people and He will sit on a throne. (I’m thinking this is a pretty majestic place.)
- They will be His people. (That’s us!)
- He will be their God. (Our God!)
- He will wipe away every tear. (Every. Single. One.)
- There will no longer be death, or mourning, or crying or pain. (Wow! Could it mean we experience constant contentment?)
- The old order is passed away. (All of the man-made systems, good or bad, will be gone.)
- God says, “I am making everything new!”
If we pause to let that all sink in, we will see that it means that in the end what brings us the most grief will be in the rearview mirror. Our focus will be on God because we are His people. And just like the satisfaction we experience when we put on a new outfit, God is making everything new and satisfying for all of us.
The old order is passed away! The one we struggle to balance and control? It will all just… go away? My guess is that if we can one day see God, everything and everyone else will become irrelevant. Should we trust God with it today?
Thought of the day: How should we live today in the light of knowing that we, His people, will one day be in the presence of God?
Prayer: Lord, open our eyes today to see Jesus. Let us look into His face and experience now the satisfaction of feeling new every day. Let us grieve, mourn, and cry now while we are in this world. Let us know His presence and power. And let us, like John, have a glimpse of what Your new kingdom means to each of us! In Jesus’ name, amen.