Daily Dose, Jan. 14 — All Things New

          Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;  he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ (Revelation 21:1-5)
As many of you reading this know, we are preaching messages from the Book of Revelation all through the month of January. It’s been interesting and exciting to study and prepare for these messages. One thing that’s exciting about the words found in Revelation is that, in them, we see an unveiling of a new thing that God intends to do. This is an exciting proposition to me. It carries with it the hope that things will one day be as God truly intended - perfectly designed and in harmony. Have you ever fixed something but, in the process, realized that your fix was never going to last long-term? Maybe you limped along with your solution, and maybe it did the job for a while, but at some point you knew that the best idea was to just get a new (whatever-it-is). If you know what I’m talking about, you know how satisfying it is to see how the new thing improves on the halfway solution that you had devised. Now, it just works. I’ve heard it said before that “God is in the reclamation business.” This Scripture points to that hope and promise. God will lay claim to what is his own - and that includes you and me. God will remake all that is his, turning everything old and broken and into something completely new. --Rev. Brad Greene