Today’s journal entry will be my first official Scripture Sunday weekly Bible post. My plan was to write about the new year and new beginnings but I didn’t have a verse. So I was excited to find this passage in today’s One Year Bible reading!
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. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 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. 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.” 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.” – Revelation 21:1-5 (NLT)
God does not repair or prop up the old world or the old Jerusalem or the old us. He makes us new. While the part about making us new isn’t explicitly stated in Revelation 21:1-5 – it is clearly spelled out elsewhere.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
2 Corinthians is about accepting the salvation of Jesus Christ. Salvation is what makes us God’s people when nothing else could.
The amazing promise made In Revelation is that in addition to making things new God will one day live among us. Heaven on earth, at last. Our tears will be washed away and all our questions will be answered.
While no one knows when this time will come it is something to look forward to!
Eight years ago, I misapplied or, more correctly, ignored Scripture and stepped upon a New Age path that was to hold me in spiritual bondage for seven long years.
The Scripture I ignored was taken from the passage above. I found it on the cover of a book by Eckhart Tolle called “A New Earth” to which I believed I had been led. That day I began my old metaphysical blog, The Mystic Review, stepped off the spiritual ledge I’d been clinging to and plunged into the dark.
I could have called it differently. I could have looked up the passage in the Bible and not bought Tolle’s book. But if I had done that, for better or for worse, the work I’m doing now would not exist. And I might not be here in this place, saved by grace.
God brings us through to where we need to be in wonderful and mysterious ways!
In 2017 I became a new creature by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In 2018 I found my identity in the Kingdom – with the last piece of the puzzle dropping in just this week when I decided to make this blog a Bible blog and rename it Scripture Sunday.
To me, the instruction given to John to write down the true and trustworthy word of God applies, not just to Revelation, but to the entire Bible. It makes me feel that recommitting to Bible study and focusing on Scripture here in this blog was definitely the right choice.
Revelation 21 is an end time prophecy but it speaks to me today because it reminds me that it is the nature of God to make things new. Every new day and new week and new year is His gift.
I hope everyone who reads this post will take a few minutes to talk to God about the gift of a new year and how to best make use of it. We are all in different places, with different challenges and different problems to overcome. But I believe that He moves in every life and that renewal is available for us all.
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for bringing us here to this point in our lives. Thank you for the opportunity and the promise of the coming year. Please give us the wisdom to understand your will for us and the courage to follow where you lead. May we be ambassadors of your love and warriors in your kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ who makes all things new. Amen
This is a traditional prayer called the Shehechiyanu which it said for various milestones or firsts. Today I felt called to say it over the first post in my new blog and invite you to join me in saying it, in either in Hebrew or English, over your New Year.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.
(Barukh ata adonai elohenu melekh ha’olam, shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh)
A break down of the English and Hebrew for the Shehechiyanu follows. (Please note that the Hebrew characters run right to left while the English translation and phonetic spelling runs left to right.)
Blessed are You, Lord
Barukh ata adonai
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה
our God, King of the Universe,
elohenu melekh ha’olam,
אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
Who has kept us alive and sustained us
and brought us to this season.
v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh
וְהִגִּיעָֽנוּ לַזְמַן הַזֶּה:
Wishing you and yours all the blessings of the coming year <3
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