A Passage and A Prayer 1/2/19

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.”  (Colossians 3:1-3)

Well, we made it!  2019!  I’m sure I’ll still be writing “2018” on my checks for at least another couple of weeks.  It takes a while to get used to things that are new.  We need to break in new shoes to make them comfortable.  We need to set up a new house so it is functional.  We need to learn all the gadgets on the new car so it will be fully operational.  New parents bring home their firstborn and need to learn how to be useful.  We like new things, but there is that challenging period of adjustment.

Just a week ago, we worshipped at the stable where Mary carefully cradled her newborn Savior.  He came into the world in such a quiet manner.  The next time He comes, everyone will know!  Jesus said in Matthew 26:64, “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Jesus’ words are not a threat, they are a promise.  He promises to come and rescue His people from this world of darkness and this life of imperfections.  When He takes us to heaven, all things will be new.  No more sorrow or suffering.  No more pains or problems.  No more trials or tribulations. A life absent from disappointments, disasters and death. 

But the true joy of heaven is not found in what is missing.  The real joy is what we will experience in heaven. It will be a life of pure joy and peace.  We will live in the presence of the God who created us, who saved us and who graciously brought us to faith.

All things will be new!  However, there will be no need for a time of adjustment.  Jesus will bring us into the life we were designed to live. 

We give You praise, Lord Jesus, for taking upon Yourself our sin and guilt, so that we would be the forgiven children of the heavenly Father.  Grant me such a faith that I would not fear death, but that I would know You to be eternal life.  Keep me strong in this faith until the time You call me home to heaven.  I pray this in Your name and to your glory.  Amen.