The author of the book of Revelation, John (the Apostle and Gospel writer), records these words from God: “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) Knowing what we know and seeing what we see in our world – death, disease, suffering, tsunamis and hurricanes, broken relationships, aging bodies, and lonely, longing hearts – the idea that God is making all things new resonates deeply in all of us. We want to yell, “Yes! Please do! And do it soon!”
For the month of January, and using this passage in Revelation as a jumping-off point, we will study many of the references in Scripture to all the new things that God has promised or already provided, including a new heavens and earth, a new covenant, a new command, a new teaching, a new way, a new creation, a new life, a new humanity, a new spirit, a new heart, a new body, a new name, new mercies, and a new song. What is amazing among these passages is that the word for “new” in almost all of them doesn’t mean “freshly made” or “first created” but rather, “unprecedented,” “unheard of,” or “of a new kind.”
So, for example, when Jesus said this is the “new covenant,” he was saying that the new agreement—that his sacrifice was good for all – was unprecedented and unheard of. When Jesus’ teaching and authority were called “new,” this meant they were “unprecedented” and “unheard of.” And, when God promises, “I am making all things new,” he is saying, “I am making all things unprecedented, unheard of!” Amazing. Not just new the way we think about it, but never before seen!
All Things New – January 6, 2014 (Monday)
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there is 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.
In this passage, the word “new” each time it is used is from the Greek word “kainos,” which means “unprecedented” or “unheard of” or “of a new kind.”
If you allow your imagination to wander, what do you picture a “new,” never-before-seen earth would look like? What physical attributes, what people, animals?
Imagine the last bride you saw walking down the aisle toward her soon-to-be husband. What words come to mind?
Are any emotions stirred in you when you read John’s revelation that there will be a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Holy City? What are they?
Father, maker of all things, thank you for revealing to John, and through your Word, what is to come. Thank you, Father, that you are making a new heaven and a new earth. I cannot possibly comprehend what this will look like, how it will feel, or what the reality of it will be, but I long for this unprecedented place. Father, there is so much hurt and suffering here. Thank you that the pain of this world is only for a short time. See me, Father, clothed in the righteousness of Christ alone, faithful until my last breath, on the day when the old passes away.
Go A Little Deeper:
Review Revelation 21:9-21 to read about the new Jerusalem, the Holy City.