The Ultimate New Year
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
12“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
17The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
~Revelation 22:1, 12,13, 17 (ESV)
Eternity is already a certainty. Written in stone so to speak. It has yet to actually occur, but here we find what the ultimate reward will look like. Completely perfect and pure, just as the Creator Himself.
Kind of like a redo of Eden, but this time with the knowledge of the consequence for those that rejected God’s plan. This time around we have seen first hand how far God is willing to go to show us His love. This time, paradise won’t come to an end.
The book of Revelation and the entire Bible end with this stirring vision of the New Jerusalem. A glimpse into the glory and perfection that we as Christians will enjoy for eternity. No expense spared, all evil barred at the gates, the same, but completely different. Fresh, renewed, purified, bright, lovingly prepared, completely incomprehensible to our human minds.
Yet, He calls us to come. The judgment day remains at least a minute away, but maybe no more than that. John writes passionately about the need to not delay. How can we ignore the loving plea of our Savior who wrote this invitation with His own blood?
Everything begins and ends with God. Creation through Revelation. Each of my days should be the same – starting and ending with Him.
As we wrap up a great year of Bible study, we also stand at a new beginning. A new opportunity to read God’s Word afresh. We all need to make a continued commitment to be in God’s Word on a daily basis in the year ahead, and 66 books will be right there.
Let’s not miss this opportunity to evaluate where we are at, and where we have yet need to be. Take time to look at the purity and holiness of God and heaven. Savor it, crave it, and make practical, individualized decisions to take steps toward greater holiness in the year ahead.
I really need to look at sin in my life without a shred of compassion or excuse. God hates it. Heaven won’t tolerate it, better learn to live without it now.
Lord, please keep me looking with fresh perspective as I read in Your Word. Thank you for the hope we have to come, the rewards for those of us who overcome in Your strength. Thank you for the promise of something new, and eternal peace. I look forward to an eternity with You. Reveling in Your love that I still can’t grasp. Thank you, Lord, for another amazing year of walking with You, and for the promises of the one ahead and the thousands of years beyond.~Amen