Today’s Reading: Revelation 21-22
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 21:3-5
3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5) 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.”
There are only four chapters in the bible that describe the world without sin: the first two chapters of Genesis before the fall of man, and the last two chapters of Revelation in the new earth. These last two chapters tell us perhaps the most important thing in scripture. In the end God wins, and so do those who follow Him.
We are living in the last days. Any reading of the book of Revelation tells us clearly that things are going to get much worse before Jesus returns.
Matthew 24:9-13 – 9) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10) And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11) And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12) And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13) But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
But Jesus gives us hope to hold on to. And this is the greatest hope: that no matter how bad things get, no matter what happens, no matter what or who you lose or what you may have to suffer, endure, hold on to hope, because Jesus Himself promises that in the end everything will be made new. And in that newness, from this new day forward, there will be no more pain, suffering or death for all eternity.
As you contemplate the new year, reflect on God’s soon coming new day and the new heavens and earth that will come with it. This promise is trustworthy and true.