New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016)
- First reading
- Second reading
Revelation 21:1-6 | New Living Translation
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.
So here we are at the beginning of a new year. This morning’s reading reminds us of the promise that is given to those who have received Jesus. There is coming a day when we will live in a new place…There is a key phrase in the first verse, “and the sea was gone.” In previous passages of Revelation, there is always a sea dividing God and his people. In this final vision the sea is gone. A reminder that in the new heaven, all the past will be gone. There will be no more sin, death, crying, tears or pain, because God is making everything new – the paradise of the Garden of Eden will be renewed without the possibility of the fall – the fall will be gone forever.
What are some things in your past that God needs to make new this year. I know that for us, 2015 was a tough year, and at the moment we are still waiting on God to show his plan, but I am determined that my circumstances will not determine my altitude.