One Christ-followers thoughts on new beginnings
December came into East TN with a spectacular view of fluffy white snow falling from the sky. I know that spring is usually the time when we recognize the change of season being a reminder of God’s faithfulness, but I felt in awe as I stepped outside to feel the frozen cotton ball like flakes hit my face. It was like God was whispering in the wind and the words that I heard are found in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible.
Rev. 21:1-5- “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
As the surface of the ground began to whiten, everything that was visible began to slowly disappear. The muddy and messy earth from the rain that had previously fallen began to have a clean, pristine appearance. That which was old was seemingly being transformed into something brand new.
That my friends is what Jesus does. He transforms us so greatly that we can’t even be recognized as our former selves. He revealed His job description to John in this passage as The One Who Makes All Things New. Not only does He do that on an individual basis, but there will be a time not many days from now where every sorrow, every pain, every pandemic, every crisis, even death itself will pass away forever and all things will be made new!
If you have not yet repented of your sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to encourage you to do that today! If you have believed, but the soil of your life has become a muddy mess, return to Jesus and He will restore you completely. If you are praying for someone in either of these conditions, keep praying because Help is on the way. I will conclude with a beautiful passage that ties all of this together. It is an invitation to us all.
Isaiah 1:18-“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.