And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. – Revelation 21:5
Oh, how I cherish this promise of Jesus! Of all the promises in Scripture, this one lifts my heart perhaps the most.
Most of the time when I think about Jesus making all things new, I think of things like this planet, of the universe being set free from the existing laws of thermodynamics with its inevitable demise. I think of the polluted rivers and streams and lakes and oceans. I think of the erosion that has scarred much of the earth. I think of the hunger and homelessness of billions on this planet and my heart breaks for them. I recall the faces of those I met in Haiti who will never have much of anything in this life – and how I wish there were some quick and easy answer for them. I think of the wars, killings, genocide, diseases. I think of hatred, racism, of death and dying. I think of dead bodies being raised in glory as immortal beings who will reflect God’s glory forever.
But I think I’ve missed the most important thing of all with my musings about what will be made new. You know what I long for? It will be great to have a new body that won’t age or die, but what I/we most need is not new rivers, forests or mountains. What we need the most are new hearts. Jesus will make that new, too. And I think that will be one of the most wonderful new things that there could ever be! We need new hearts. Scripture is clear that the imaginations of our hearts are continuously evil and selfish (Genesis 6:5). Won’t it be awesome when the imaginations of our heart only dance with that which is pure, holy, righteous, loving, compassionate and kind?
PRAYER: Even now, Lord, cleanse our hearts and begin the process of giving us hearts of love, not hearts of stone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>