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Behold I Make All Things New – Week 9 / March 2nd
“For behold, I create new heavens and a
new earth; and the former shall not be
remembered or come to mind. But be
glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
and her people a joy.”
The world we presently live in has been subjected to futility and consequently decay and death are everywhere evident (Romans 8:18-22). Even we are “trapped” by physical death that, while having no sting because of what Jesus did for us, nevertheless still holds a certain foreboding in all of us. Then there is the raging of the ungodly that brings misery, sorrow, destruction, persecution and war to our earthly experience. This should not be because a lonely cross set on a hill in Jerusalem defeated these things 2000 years ago but it remains ignored and even mocked and so the rot continues.
The good news is that God is going to make all things new again! This is His promise and indeed it is required because of what Jesus did; the cosmos must be set in order (Ephesians 1:9-10). A “new creation family” must have a new world to live in and in this world they will shine like the sun (Daniel 12:3; Matthew 13:43). So, the final two chapters of the book of Revelation tell us about the coming:
New World Order (Revelation 21:5)
For those who overcome there will be a new order that is truly beyond description. It will be the inheritance of those who have embraced Jesus as Lord and who, in their lives on the present earth, have honored God with transformed lives and deeds of righteousness in the face of great and overwhelming challenges (Revelation 19:8). They have “overcome” this evil age and have become what God wanted them to be by the power of the cross (Galatians 1:3-4).
This new order will be characterized by:
- A new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1)
The beauty and glory of this coming creation will be amazing because it will not be retarded by the principles of death and decay. These will be things of the past.
- A new city (Revelation 21:2)
The great Patriarchs of our faith went out in pursuit of God because they were given a glimpse of the City of God (Hebrews 11:10; 13:14). Indeed, like them we too abandon the “attraction of the earthly city” because God has something better for us. The eternal City of God will be 1500 miles wide, long and high; its glories are indescribable but John does give us a description of them (Revelation 21:10-21).
This city will have Jewish under-pinnings thereby eternally memorializing the particular role that Israel has played out for the redemption of the world (Revelation 21:12-14) Jesus recognized this when He said, “Salvation is of the Jews”(John 4:22).
- A new relationship (Revelation 21:3-4)
God Himself will be visible and amongst His people and He will personally remove the “former things” from them. What a glorious day this is going to be! This embodiment of the divine presence will find its full expression in the person of Jesus. The passage tells us that He:
- Will be the joy of the city (Revelation 21:9)
- Will be the desire of the city (Revelation 21:22)
- Will be the light of the city (Revelation 21:23)
- Will be the door to the city (Revelation 21:27)
- Will be the life of the city (Revelation 22:1)
- Will be the King of the city (Revelation 22:3)
- What is absent? (Revelation 21:8; 22:15)
This list is challenging because it tells us that those who:
- Worship themselves or things other than God
- Reject the sexual boundaries created by God
- Practice the occult in rebellion against God
- Habitually lie and contradict the character of God…and,
- Take life and thereby dishonor the image of God……………
Will go to hell! They will find themselves “in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
The abiding expectation and longing that God’s new people have is for the coming of Jesus. We should constantly hold this before our spiritual eyes as it is certain and it constitutes a blessed hope that will keep us true to our confession of faith in Him. “Behold, Jesus says, “I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22:7, 12,16, 20)
“Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!