All Creation Will Be Made New
The presence of sin in the world is not only detrimental for the well-being of humanity, but for all of creation. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Romans 8:20-22). All of creation is suffering due to the effects of sin. When the end times happen, God will not only redeem His people, but He will redeem all creation and make things new. John writes in Revelation 21:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I 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 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. 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.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:1-5).
Everything that God created will be made new and washed clean of the effects of sin and death. This is a glorious day that all of God’s people ought to be anticipating! All things will be set right and the world will be as God intended it to be, without all of the chaos and destruction that humanity brought in this time around. Let us look forward to the day when we can experience the world as God desires it to be, rather than what we have made it.
While the imagery in Revelation can be scary, and there is a lot of uncertainty about what things will truly be like in the end times, there is much more for Christians to eagerly await than there is to be afraid of. While we only read of John’s visions in the book of Revelation, John is the one who actually experienced these visions. One would think that he would be the most terrified of the end times.
However, after seeing all of the visions, he concludes by saying, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20). John is not concerned about the arrival of the end times, and neither should Christians today. Let us join John in his cry to the Lord: come soon, Jesus!
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