Feb. 16, 2021 – Revelation 21:1-5
Don't we all like things when they are brand new? Untarnished, pristine, unused. We look forward to getting new things, no matter what they are. Even things that are "new to me…" It implies that we are reclaiming something old to someone else but new to us. There's the old phrase, "Someone's junk is someone else's treasure." So, whether something is brand new or new to me, it has value.
But why do we get something brand new or new to me? Often it is to replace something that is broken or in need of restoration. Whether it is a lamp, or a table, a dresser, or a car; eventually they will need some TLC or possible replacement. Nothing on this side of heaven is permanent. Not even us.
Think about our world for a minute. It would be really easy to describe it as broken and in need of restoration at times. You don't have to look far to find things in disarray, and the darkness that comes with that is often overwhelming. Our job as Christians on this side of heaven is to reconcile and restore to God not only ourselves but those around us and that which is broken in this world. It is a noble calling! But here is a news flash... you aren't God! And while we do our best to "make all things new" it is like I said earlier, only temporary.
So, what is God declaring through John in this final chapter of Revelation? That God has a plan, through his son Jesus, to restore his creation once and for all time! A new heaven and new earth are coming! We don't know when or how, but we are given a glimpse here from the "who." God has an answer for the brokenness, darkness, and dismay that we can't completely restore on our own. That answer is in the second coming of Jesus, who once and for all restores us, his ultimate creation, unto himself. What a glorious day that will be!
Questions for reflection:
- Think of the last "new" thing you acquired. How did that feel? How long did the newness last? What did it replace?
- When you read this passage from Revelation, do you read it as a "great story" or a lock-it-in promise from God? Why do you feel the way you do?
- Why is it so hard for us to imagine a heaven where there is no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain? But how good will that be?