4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
We’re living in “the old order of things.” Here, our lives are marred by trouble, misery, suffering, and ultimately — death. To be sure, the Lord has still blessed us with many causes for happiness along the way. Life on planet earth is not completely intolerable, but certain destruction of this world is coming. (Revelation 16)
How much progress has man made toward curing the ills of society? Wars and rumors of wars remain. Weapons are bigger and more deadly than ever. Despite all our advances in medicine, disease still exists — still kills.
In this “old order” the evil one has been allowed to wreak havoc on God’s creation. But his end is near. The presence of evil will cease to exist. Those of us who have trusted Christ as Savior will live in His glorious light without the evil influence of Satan’s darkness.
That’s because God promises to make “everything new.” This new creation will be a place where “righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13) And due to that righteousness there will no longer be a need for man’s courts, law officers, or prisons. Godly conduct will come as naturally as breathing.
By the way, you may conclude that without sin and temptation to spice things up, heaven will be a dull and boring place to live. So let me ask you this? Are you bored when you are rejoicing?
In 1 Corinthians 2:9, Paul writes, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love him.” Heaven will be better than anything you’ve seen or you’ve ever heard about. Even in your wildest attempts at picturing life there, your mind is incapable of capturing the magnificence. Most importantly (and amazingly), God has prepared it for you and me, and all who love Him.
Nothing will exist that can harm us. No fear, worries, anxiety, danger, troubles, or tragedies. There will be nothing that can cause us “mourning or crying or pain.”
I’ve become a fan of old TV series from the 1960s. I like the wholesome humor and moral lessons. The good guys were still wearing white hats back then. In a 1961 episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, I noticed a piece of furniture identical to a chair that came out of my wife’s grandparent’s house. The chair in the TV show was new, unlike the worn-out version in Janet’s studio.
Now, imagine what it will be like to be in a place where age and aging is no longer relevant. Everything remains new for eternity. Even you and I will be ageless with new bodies suitable for eternal life with our Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
So many things on this earth we view as essential today will cease to exist when God makes all things new. No need for healthcare or health and life insurance. And no more politicians!
Remember what the angels declared at the birth of Jesus? “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) Today, that peace reigns in our hearts due to the presence of Christ in us. But when God makes everything new that peace will exist everywhere throughout eternity.
Who will receive this precious eternal gift? The last verse of our focus text from the book of the Revelation tells us: “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
And how do you attain this victory? Paul answers that question in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For more on this topic, check out this article: The Way to Heaven
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.