All Things New

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.” (Revelation 21:1-5)

Don’t you just love the words: “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Are you tired of living in a broken world? Are you worn out by sin, suffering, and death? Are you constantly burdened by the affairs of this life? Are you stressed by all the demands you face each week, your job, putting kids through school, raising small children in a fallen world, etc.?

Rejoice today. Look back at what Jesus has done for you and be thankful. He paid the price for your salvation. He bears the scars on his body that you might be redeemed from the sinful life you inherited at birth. He has given you his Spirit that dwells within and works to conform you to the image of Jesus.

Jesus will make all things new. We look to this new day. One of the ways we look to what lies ahead is by doing life in a broken world. And the brokenness reminds us of this day to come. Matt Chandler says of this day, “When we hear the weeping of friends and loved ones, we’re reminded there’s a day coming where weeping is going to be gone. When we see loved ones or friends agonizing in disease or over hardships, we’re reminded there’s a day coming that this won’t be like this anymore.”

When I counsel with families in the midst of death, I am often reminded that the sting of death is almost gone for good. I thank God that we will live in a redeemed world where there will be no need for hospitals or Celebrate Recovery. Where all the effects of sin are burned away and God’s perfect newness will take its place.

When you struggle this week with your brokenness and sin, remember these words, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And look to the day with joy and a fresh perspective on life in a broken world. Jesus is about to perfect it all! All that is broken will be unbroken. Hold fast to that day.

Pastor Derek