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When He Returns

Weekly Devotionals

When He Returns

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Revelation 21:1-4
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.  And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  I heard a loud shout form the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people.  God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  all these things are gone forever.”

This past year the world has experienced much tragedy.  The flight MH370, the Sewol ferry, the Tension in Ukraine and most recently 270 girls were abducted in Nigeria. My heart breaks every morning as I open my CNN application to read the news.  So today I would like to turn our attention to the words of Jesus in Revelation 21, this is where I find hope, this is where I find strength and this is where I find joy.

This passage gives hope to all who are in despair and comfort to all that mourn.  Jesus promises that there will be “the new heaven and the new earth, not “new” in the sense of time but “new” in the sense of nature.  Jesus will bring a new heaven and new earth that would be different from the broken world that we live in.  There will be a complete transformation of it’s character, value and priority.  A place without tears, sorrow, death or pain, a place where God will dwell with us and we with him.  Therefore the new earth and the new heaven isn’t just the next heaven and the next earth but the transformed heaven and the transformed earth.

Today, we mourn with those that mourn and we cry out for those that are facing injustice.  However, we don’t remain hopeless but we are able to hope and give hope to others because God’s promises in today’s passage are true and amen.

With hope.

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“The great drama will end, not with “saved souls” being snatched up into heaven, away from the wicked earth and the mortal bodies which have dragged them down into sin, but with the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven to earth, so that “the dwelling of God is with humans”

– NT Wright