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 with them and 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!” (Revelation 21:1–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – A lot of hardship in 2020. A lot of tears. We look with hope to a new year, to put “the old order” of 2020 behind us. To get back to “normal.” For the tears to be wiped from our eyes. If only if were that easy. Turn the page of the calendar to a new year and behold, all things become new.
But there is no assurance that 2021 will be any better than 2020. It could get worse. Jesus spoke of worse days. Much worse. “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive.” (Matthew 24:21–22, NIV 1984).
But “great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world” will be followed by God “making everything new!” “A new heaven and a new earth.” “For the old order of things [will pass] away.” “No more death or mourning or crying or pain.” God Himself “wipe every tear from [our] eyes.” Better than normal. Much better.
My Advice – Do you really want to put the “old order” of death, mourning, crying and pain behind you? Put your faith in Jesus Christ. You will become one of “His people.” You will be made “new.” A new world is coming. But only those made new can be a part of it. You need to be part of it.