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Article April 7, 2019

All Things New

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).


God is seated on his throne, ruling over everything in the universe.  He cried out, “Behold.”  It’s a strong term, calling people’s attention to a special fact.  It’s like a coach or a teacher who says to their students, “Listen up!  What I’m about to say is of extreme importance.”


What the King of the universe then said to all of his people is of extraordinary importance.  He reminds us that his nature loves to make all things new.


Begin with the emphasis on all.  It means all!  Everything in life is being made new.  Nothing is beyond God’s restorative grace.  God is making all things new.


How?  Through the resurrection of Jesus.  The power that raised him from the dead now lives inside those who believe (Romans 8:11).  That which is seemingly dead will soon come to new life.  Rebuilt.  Redeemed.  Restored.  


That’s the nature of God.  That’s his character.  That’s who he is.


This Easter, recognize the dark and broken places in your heart.  As someone once said, Admitting the feeling is the beginning of healing.  It may feel like Friday.  You’re on your cross, experiencing the pain of a lost dream or broken hopes.  The pain is horrific.  You wonder if you can last.  


It’s quite okay to tell God what you feel.  Jesus did.  He asked the Father why it felt like he had forsaken him.  And the Father knew why his Son felt abandoned.  


God does you as well.


Or it may feel like Saturday.  You’re in the dark, dank tomb asking God for answers.  Waiting for his responses.  You ask, “Why isn’t there a new day dawning?  Why have I had to wait so long?  How much longer will I have to wait?  It seems like God is on mute and my prayers go no higher than the ceiling.”


Don’t give up.  Keep believing.  Storms don’t last forever.  Sunday is coming.  Hope is on the horizon.  Resurrection power will soon give strength to your lifeless dreams. 


While suffering on the cross, did Jesus know that he would experience a resurrection?  The answer must be yes.  On several occasions, Jesus predicted that he must go to Jerusalem where he would face rejection from the religious leaders, death on the cross, but on the third day be raised from the dead.  


It was part of the plan and a prophetic promise from the Father.  Death would happen.  It had to for the salvation of the world.  Then would come the resurrection.


Don’t give up waiting for your resurrection moment.  “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.  Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  


Your times are in the Father’s hands.  Trust him.  He understands.  He knows.  And he is a God of resurrections.


As the Father gave his Son a promise that on the third day he would be raised from the day, he says to you and me, “Behold I make all things new.”  


All means all.  That includes your present difficulties and trials.  He has not forgotten or forsaken you.


Keep hearing God’s whispers, “And on the third day…” It kept Jesus’s hopes alive on the cross.  


It can yours as well.


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