Words from the Heart for Thursday August 23rd, 2018
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.
Revelation 21:1 (NKJV)
New Heaven and New Earth
The awesome creation that we have seen is nothing compared to the new heaven and the new earth that our God promises. Everything will pass away and we can only imagine all that He will prepare. We know it will be “better.” We know it will be eternal. The work of the Creator we have known here only makes us more eager for what we will experience in eternity.
Canada’s newest city is Chestermere, Alberta, and it became a city on January 1, 2015. When Chestermere became a town twenty years ago, there were just a thousand people living around the lake. Now it has bulged to over 17,000 and has officially become a city. Obtaining city status is a historic milestone for the community. Once the title was official, Chestermere became the 14th largest city in the province and the only one that began as a summer village.
When you think of eternal life with Jesus, what do you think? Do you picture yourself sitting on a fluffy white cloud eternally playing a harp? That is the caricature of heaven that the world paints–it is in cartoons and advertisements. But is it Biblical? Not at all. Revelation 21:1 tells us, “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.” God is going to renew the earth and create a new heaven that will mesh with the new earth, so that He will dwell in the midst of His redeemed people. We will be active in this new place – heaven and earth brought together, with God in our midst. What a wonderful experience that will be–living in a perfect world where the principles of the Kingdom of God–principles of love and justice–will be experienced completely. Those of us who are already a part of God’s kingdom long for this day when we will be in His presence and our salvation will finally be made complete, and our faith made sight.
These have been words from the heart.