Future Hope & Present Promises

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

I love these verses. So full of promise. Countless tiers of God’s promise for the ultimate eternity. What’s so fascinating to me are the multiple facets to promises like this. When Jesus came to earth-fully God & fully Man-died on the Cross the death of a criminal & rose to life again to ascend to Heaven, He tore the veil of separation for all time. He alone bridged the great divide between us & our sin & the Lord & His holy goodness.

That veil I mentioned? It was the veil in the Temple that enclosed the Holy of Holies-where God dwelt. When Jesus took His last breath, the veil torn in two as the earth shook & split apart. This happened in the ancient city of Jerusalem that still stands amidst centuries of turmoil & wars. The place still where God’s chosen people still flock … but this city has seen it’s share of sin. In the books of the prophets, God pleads with His bride, the nation of Israel, to turn & repent. He pursues them with love, teaches & grows them through captivity, famine, wandering … & yet they still stand. And the city still stands even though in the Bible alone it was laid siege to multiple times & a part of a foreign empire for decades at a time.

When the veil was torn, & later when the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, there was no more separation from God. All the Jewish people & the Gentiles could have full, unadulterated communion with God if they but repented & turned from their sin into His welcome arms. While we do not have God with us in a physical sense-we have Him & His promise of coming again & soon, in our hearts. What a matchless gift, that one day we will be a part of the Bride of the Lord-when we can walk with God as Adam & Eve did before the fall.

He shall make all things new one day-as He continues to renew us day by day, moment by moment, because of His marvelous gift of grace, undeserved mercy.

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Meghan About Meghan

I am a twenty year-old proud homeschool graduate, & aspiring author of inspirational historical fiction. My days are colored with the crazy, lovely, laughable, lessons-learned, & lovable between my awesome family, full time "day job" of medical receptionist that pays the bills...but most of all, my days are painted in grace unending, vast & free. This season of life where I'm at--I don't have a clue! But I am above all striving to live a life pleasing to my Sovereign Father God. Resting in His will, yet holding on tightly to His hand & daring to move on His path set before me.

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  1. This is so beautiful, thank you. The closing line was so good for my heart.

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