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1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
We value the fresh start(s) each New Year brings. But even as we celebrate the New Year, we know each human year brings some disappointments and pain, too. But the Bible’s grand story ends with a better promise: “Look! I’m making all things new,” truly new. Revelation 21 drew from Ezekiel 43:7’s vision of a restored temple as God’s “throne” and Isaiah 65:17-19’s announcement that God would make all things new and banish all sadness.
Jesus, God with us, you are already making me new. I can hardly wait for you to complete that work, for me and for our world. Fill me with your hope and energy this day and every day. Amen.
Ah, a new year is upon us. Which of course means the psuedo-obligatory New Year’s Resolutions. Some resolve to exercise more, eat less, or improve our behavior. Like the lady who vowed to be more cautious with her words & not put her foot in his mouth in 2022, then had the following conversation with a friend:
Friend: I bet you can’t guess my New Year’s Resolution.
Woman: To lose weight or to update your hairstyle?
Friend: (Staring) No. I’m going to learn to speak Spanish.
As one ponders New Year’s pledges, it is easy to imagine resolutions for some of our favorite Biblical friends.
We’ve heard a lot of expert opinions the past 2 years that have turned out to not be so wise. Chatting with a group of friends last week, we concluded that we would probably have been better served just following our Grandmother’s advice from the get-go:
Our friend, John, in today’s passage would emphasize this last tip. Perhaps we should take the “expert advice” with a grain of salt &, instead, choose to place our trust in God. As John might say, “You’ve tried the rest, now try the Best.”
Maybe 2022 is the perfect year to quit looking solely to earthly sources to find our hope & peace. What if we really began to look to God as the basis for our joy, our hope, & our peace? We could start by spending time chatting with Him in prayer, then join a group to discuss His characteristics, & then start to determine exactly what He thinks of us. I would submit that after we discover the lengths that God will go to show His love for each & every one of us, 2022 might become a year of great possibility & amazing potential.
** Adam Hamilton. Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas (Kindle Locations 345-346). Abingdon. Kindle Edition.