Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Beginnings and Fresh Starts, Part IV

As the theme of new beginnings and fresh starts is easily seen throughout the Bible, it is also seen at the end of His Word.  I can't help but get the feeling that really, this is the overarching theme of the Bible.  

In Genesis, God created the world and everything in it, and it was good.

God created man in His own image, and it was very good.

Then sin entered the world, bringing with it only destruction and death.  

But God had a plan to fix things...to make things right...to make things new.  And He has promised to do just that.  

But, as Peter reminds us, "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

In His Revelation to John, we can see His promise...His declaration that He will indeed make 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 there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'  He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!'  Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'"

Because God keeps His promises, we can be sure that He will make all things new.  We can, indeed, have hope, that the future will, indeed, be much better than the present!!!

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