A New Heaven and a New Earth

Steve Petroelje

READ: Revelation 21:1-5

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. (v. 4)

A great new beginning awaits, the beginning of the new heaven and new earth. Following Christ’s second coming and the final judgment, God will restore heaven and earth to its beautiful state prior to the fall. Believers will live there with God for all the ages to come. Tears, death, shame, and pain will be no more. Revelation 21-22 describes the beauty, safety, and purity of this new world void of sin and evil “far as the curse is found.”

As the atoning blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin, so God will cleanse this world of sin’s impact and usher in an eternity of glory where we will worship, serve, and adore him. Not everyone will get to experience the majesty of this glory. Some whose eyes you look into today are still living apart from faith in Jesus Christ. May God give us the urgency and compassion to do all we can to help others seek new life in Christ before it’s too late!

How are you using your time, talents, and treasures to share the good news with others and point them to Jesus? Are you raising your children oriented toward the new heaven and new earth or toward the impermanent things of this world?

God of mercy and grace, help me never to lose sight of what is to come. Help me to live my life in with a heavenly perspective. Amen.