God Wins: All Things New
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. -
Revelation 21:1–7 (NIV)
The Bible begins with creation. The Bible ends with (new) creation. The Bible begins with God speaking all things into existence. The Bible ends with God speaking all things into (new) existence. The Bible begins with God making a place for His creatures. The Bible ends with God making a (new) place for His creatures. More than that, the Bible ends with God making a (new) place where
He will reside
Revelation 21 points us forward to that time when God will restore His creation, descending from heaven to dwell eternally with us. The picture John is given, and which he passes on to us, is of our God who has restored and made new this broken creation and made possible a right relationship between Himself and humanity.
This isn’t an
from this broken world and existence. It’s a
renewal and restoration
of that which has been broken. John’s vision of our future in Christ isn’t an out-of-body spiritual existence in the clouds. It’s of a creation, which includes our physical bodies, that has been made right again. That has been made
again. It’s of a Creator God who (re)creates in order to put things back as they were originally intended. It’s of a God who removes all that which is sin and evil for it will be no more and replaces it with eternal life in His presence.
This is what God has accomplished for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus. You see, Jesus, in his glorious, risen, and restored body, is the first citizen of this new creation. And when He returns to raise us up, we too will be renewed and restored. We will dwell with God in His new creation where sin and death will be no more. Crying and mourning and weeping will be a thing of the past and we will dwell secure with our Creator and Redeemer for eternity.