December 29 - All Things New - Revelation 21:1-8
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This Sunday there will be no Sunday School. We will be having coffee and fellowship in the lobby after the first service.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Northern Thai of Thailand.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Ever since the exile from the Garden of Eden, humanity has struggled with the repercussions of living in a cursed world, such as disease, pain, and death. Now that Jesus has come, we anticipate a future where we will no longer experience the painful effects of sin. In Revelation 21:1-8, John records a vision of what it will be like when Jesus makes “all things new”: he will restore the present world, making it a place fit for people to dwell with their God. This is the return to Eden that prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel envisioned. May we live in light of this coming day.
Review and Apply
What have been some of the most painful things with which you have struggled this past year? Have they been spiritual? Have they been physical, such as disease? Are they related to the loss of a loved one?
What will the new heavens and earth, the new creation, be like?
When thinking about the things you have suffered, what do you most anticipate about the new creation?
How does the promise that Jesus is making “all things new” allow us to live differently in present, as we await the end of our exile in the present world?
Let’s take a moment to pray that God would enable us persevere in our faith, so that we might inherit life in the place that God is preparing for his people.