WEEK 5 REFLECTIONS

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Sunday

 

This is the fifth and final week of our series “Brand New.” We love the brand new because it fills us with hope. One might say that there are three different kinds of hope.

 

There is casual hope for the small things in life. Often, we love brand-new things because we find casual hope in them. When casual hopes fail, we are disappointed but we move on.

 

Then, there are precious hopes. Precious hopes run far deeper and involve a greater investment of our lives. We have precious hopes for our family, our friendships, and our work. When we lose precious hopes or suffer setbacks with them, it can be heartbreaking.

 

Finally, there is ultimate hope. Our ultimate hope is the hope that can get us through all the difficulties and challenges of life. It is vitally important that we set our hearts on the right ultimate hope and not confuse precious hopes with casual hopes.

 

Pray today that you will set your heart on the right ultimate hope.

 

Monday

 

Then I, John saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

 

Revelation 21:1

 

In the book of Revelation, God reveals to John what will happen at the end of time. John sees that God will establish a new heaven or skies and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth are gone. They will pass away. They will not be destroyed but will be superseded by something better.

 

John also notes that there will be no more sea. In the book of Revelation, the sea stands as a metaphor of what separates a holy God from sinful humanity. In saying that the sea is no more, John means that God and his people will no longer be separated. They will be connected in relationship.

 

Thank God today that he is removing every obstacle between you and him. Thank God that, in the brand-new heaven and earth, nothing will separate you from God.

 

Tuesday

 

Then I, John saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

 

Revelation 21:1-2

 

John sees a new heaven and a new earth. The old pass away as a new heaven and a new earth emerge. In the end, we don’t go to heaven when we die. Heaven comes to us as heaven and earth unite like a bride and groom on their wedding day. The world ends with the marriage of heaven and earth.

 

This is what the New Testament is all about. Heaven comes to earth when Jesus the Son of God becomes a tiny baby. Heaven comes to earth when Jesus dies on the cross and the veil between heaven and earth is torn. Heaven comes to earth when the Holy Spirit descends upon the Church at Pentecost. Heaven comes to earth through all these ways that are amazing but also incomplete. At the end of time, heaven will come down to earth completely.

 

 

Wednesday

 

I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God.”

 

Revelation 21:2-3

 

John hears a loud voice, a booming voice of authority, to authenticate the vision. When heaven comes down to earth, God will make his dwelling fully and completely on earth. God will dwell in full and complete relationship with his people.

 

Our ultimate hope rests in the fact that God will dwell fully and completely with us at the end of time. We will be unified with God and his people under the goodness and authority of God.

 

Thank God today that he is bringing about a unity among his people at the end of time.

 

 

Thursday

 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God.” He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.

 

Revelation 21:3-4

 

At the end of time, God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning or wailing or pain. There will be no sadness or death in the new heaven and the new earth that God is creating. All of that will pass away with the old order.

 

There will be no more pain or sorrow in the new earth God is creating because it will be free from sin and disobedience of God’s will. All our sorrows and pain will be turned to joy when God renews both heaven and earth. This is our ultimate hope.

 

Take a moment to imagine the world with no more death or goodbyes or wailing or pain. This is where the world is moving. Thank God that he is creating such a world.

 

Friday

 

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away. The One who sat on the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” And he said “Write for these words are faithful and true.”

 

Revelation 21:4-5

 

John sees a world in which there is no crying or pain. Then he sees Jesus sitting on the throne, the seat of power and authority. From this position, Jesus says he makes all things new. To say that Jesus makes all things new, he means all things.

 

Jesus is already making all things new now, but this will not be completed until the end of time. At the end of time, when heaven and earth are ultimately and finally joined, nothing that was precious to you in this life will be lost. All will be given back to you at the end of time. Jesus, who makes all things new, will give back to you whatever you have lost.

 

Everything you love will be restored when Jesus totally and completely rules over all creation and makes all things new. Thank Jesus today that he makes all things brand new.

 

Saturday

 

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.

 

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.


Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.

 

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

 

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

 

Psalm 100