November 11 2014
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[ DATE : 2014-11-27 ]
   All Things New   Revelation 21:1-8
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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
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I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
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And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
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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."
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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."
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He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
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He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
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But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
God with Us (21:1–4)
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people” (v. 3). Oh, the deep sigh of relief the earth will exhale! Finally—His kingdom come, His will done, on earth as it is in heaven. The groaning creation longs for this day (Rom. 8:22), the day when all things are put right and temporary soothing is replaced by the fullness of comfort. Pain has no place; death has no claim. Face-to-face with Emmanuel, the fullness of God’s presence leaves no room for the aching of hearts. All emptiness is filled, all questions answered. No longer separated, the pull of sin removed, we will be His people, and He will be our ever-present God.

We, with creation, are groaning as we long for God’s presence. Romans 8:26 says the Spirit communicates the groaning of our hearts. Allow the Spirit to express your longing for God.

Finished Work (21:5–8)
God is at work restoring His broken people. Always being renewed, we long to be made perfect. Paul was confident of this future glory, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). We live our lives with expectation; not with the pressure of striving for perfection but with the promise of future completion. Creation is hungry and thirsty. For those who receive Jesus, a spring of water sustains us, until this day of completion when we will thirst no more (John 4:14). This spring is available to all, including the adulterous woman Jesus met at the well, but God does not force us to drink and will not demand that we partake in the inheritance of His sons. He waits for us to come to Him.

Rest today in your future hope! He is making all things new, and one day you will see the day of completion. Adjust your expectations, knowing that it is His work and He will be faithful in His time.
Alpha and Omega, help me find security knowing that You are in the beginning, the end, and even the middle where I reside. I seek You and long for the day when You will make all things new. In Your name I pray. Amen.