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Dec 21 – All Things New

See, the home of God is among mortals.

Revelation 21:1–8

How many times have we heard that God will make us new?  How about the earth and heaven will pass away?  The lyrics of a song come to mind, “No More Night” by David Phelps: “earth and heaven shall soon pass away– it’s not a dream, God will make all things new that day.”  

Did you ever stop to think about what that might look like and why it is happening in the first place?  Looking into this passage, God sent an angel to John so that he could tell us what it represents and why it must happen. 

In the previous passage, we learn Satan and unbelievers have been cast into the lake of fire.  Verse 1 states the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. The “sea” here is a reference from the book of Revelation representing the evil and wickedness of mankind and the nations.  In the new heaven, there is no remembrance of the agony and suffering from earth.  There is also no death, mourning, or crying for the believers.  In verse 4, God will wipe the tears of Christians showing the passing of all of these things.  God will declare “It is done” a direct parallel of “It is finished’ after the ultimate sacrifice on the cross.  

We are all made new through our belief in the Lord our God.  It is the same as the day we accept Him as our Savior.  He erases our sin and makes us new then and on the day the first earth and heaven disappear a new heaven will begin allowing His believers to walk with Him.  What a glorious day it will be!

Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing us comfort in our agonies on earth and are even more thankful for your promise of a new life with you. Amen.

Stacy Riggs

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