Written by Erik Gernand
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new.’” – Revelation 21:5
The story of the Bible ends with an incredible scene. After several chapters describing the trouble we face in the world as the old order of sin and death loses its grip on the world, we come to the end and find a proclamation that everything is being made “new.”
The re-making of everything “new” is a concept that’s a little hard to grasp. We know what it looks like to repair something. I had to do that this past weekend with an old wicker chair on my front porch. The bottom brace had broken and the chair was crumbling in on itself. I turned it over, used some Liquid Nails, some screws and a 1×4 to brace it. It’s functional, but not new.
We know what it means to refurbish something. I have a friend who works in a warehouse where they send all the used cellphones. He tears them down, cleans them up, replaces batteries and screens and reinstalls software…then his company, sends them to some eBay seller to put back into service. They may look and function like new (kind of), but they’re not new.
You and I don’t have the ability to take something that already exists and make it new. But God, the Creator, does. And we’re told that in this new reality, God will dwell with his people. We will belong to one another again. The things that came into the world because of sin and rebellion will be removed. 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” (Revelation 21:4).
This is what we look forward to, the making of all things to be new (again). The fact that this day is coming closer all the time is good news all by itself.
But the reality is also that bits and pieces of this newness are available to you today, as the gift of God. The Bible calls them the “firstfruits of the Spirit” (Romans 8:23). So that, even as we await the day when all things are new, we can start the work of personally being made new from within the old order, participating in the new creation while it’s on the way.