Ever since Genesis 3:15, our unchanging God has hinted about new things to come.  In Isaiah 43:19, he says,

                      “Behold, I am doing a new thing;
              now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Despite our sin, weakness, and shortcomings, the God of the universe came from his glorious Kingdom to be cloaked in human flesh. As if this weren’t enough, he chose to live a perfect life so he himself could take our sin and be the perfect sacrifice, our Passover Lamb, to appease God and reconcile us to himself.  This reconciliation gives us new eyes to perceive what God is doing. 

This should fill us with great hope and excited expectation. To think that all things becoming new is now a reality! What do you want to be made new? For some, it is to have new bodies. Others may want to have new and perfect relationships. Some may desire to see the land stop groaning (earthquakes, fires, volcanoes). God promises to make all things new. What can this mean? Someone once said, “All means all, and that is all that all means.” All things will be made new.

In Revelation 21:5, God says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” John reports that he saw a new heaven and a new earth. He saw a new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride is for her husband. This is the reality of where we will dwell after we take our last breath on this side of eternity. Our next breath will no more be among shadows of what it will be like; it will be real and it will be new! I don’t know about you, but this fills me with excited hope for the future. But wait, there’s more…not only will we be getting new dwellings (Jesus said he goes to prepare a place for us), but we will also be in the very presence of God. The goal of human history will be reality: to dwell in the presence of God without sin, without tears, without mourning, without pain, and without crying. There will be no more death, no more fear.

Just before Easter, the Jewish people participated in the Passover Feast. With new eyes we can perceive that Passover pointed to Jesus—he came to save us from death and give us life. For us as believers, the new things God pointed to in the Passover are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20). Our Savior paid the price for our sin, has been resurrected and brings forth the New Covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31-34. The final fulfillment will be in the future, but we can trust that this will come to be. Jeremiah 31:33 says, 
 
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

How can we be assured of this eternal glory? Romans 6:5 states, “If we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Easter is a certain reminder that we can be united with him because of his supernatural work. Though our world is rocked with all kinds of trials, Jesus is making all things new. Do you believe him? Can you perceive it?

Melinda and her family moved to Colorado in 2016 after spending several years travelling the country by RV, relocating as necessary for her husband’s employment. Melinda uses her B.S. and M.B.S. Biblical Studies degrees to bless others through writing and teaching.  At Faith, Melinda is active on the writing team and in women’s ministries.  She homeschools her boys and works part-time as an optician. She and her husband Jeff became grandparents for the first time last year.

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