God Makes Everything New
January 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
In the strange upside-down world of Revelation 21:1-6a, the integrity of God is proven with a clear vision of the future. What God promised, God will do. What is it that God will do? It is a future vision framed by God’s everlasting presence (21:3) through which He will make everything new (21:5). Everything will not be replaced by new and different things, but everything will be made new. That means God is not abandoning God’s creation. This world is not allowed to go to hell. What will be replaced though are “the older order of things” that cause death, mourning, crying, and pain (21:4). In this vision, there will no longer be any sea, because in the worldview of Revelation the sea is the source of the beast (the evil forces) that line up against God and God’s people. With the sea removed, there is no chance that the world will slip again into the nightmare of sin. Instead, the new Jerusalem will descend from heaven. In the vision of Revelation, the final hope is not that we go to heaven when we die. Salvation is not that we go to God, but that God is coming to us to make all things new in His world. We don’t create this new heaven and earth, but it comes to us as a gift through God’s dwelling among us. What difference does this vision make to how you look at the world and the future today?