he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he
said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5)
The coming of a new year is a
good time to consider that glorious time to come when Christ will make
everything new again. In the present age, all things“shall wax old as doth a garment” (Hebrews 1:11) under the bondage of the universal law of decay and death; indeed“the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22).
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”(2 Peter 3:13). There, in the“new Jerusalem,”we shall each have“a new name” and sing “a new song”(Revelation 21:2; 2:17; 5:9).We shall have new bodies,“fashioned like unto his glorious body”(Philippians 3:21), and a new dwelling place, prepared by Christ Himself among the “many mansions” in His “Father’s house” (John 14:2).
And all the old and dying things will be completely and forever gone.“There
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).“And
the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away”(Isaiah 35:10).
What a “Happy New Year” that will be! In the meantime, we have His“new covenant” and have each been made “a new creature” in Christ(Hebrews 12:24; Galatians 6:15). Since all His words“are true and faithful,”we know His promises are sure. Therefore, already,“old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”through faith in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).HMM