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December 31 Today’s Reading: Revelation 20-22
“Behold, I make All Things New”
What a blessed word with which to conclude the year and anticipate the dawn of the New Year! He who is God our Creator and God our Savior makes all things new.
Has he who sits upon the throne of grace made you a new creature in grace? Has he reconciled you to God by his obedience on your behalf? Has he caused your old record of sin to pass away forever by his atoning sacrifice? Has he given you a new record of righteousness, imputing to you his perfect righteousness? Has he given you a new nature by his omnipotent mercy in the new birth? It is written, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature.” Settle these questions for yourself. Believe on the Son of God, and they are settled forever. Your faith in Christ is the evidence of all these things not seen.
Believing on the Son of God, let us live in the constant and confident expectation of this glorious work of God our Savior yet to come (Isaiah 65:17-19). What a great and glorious prospect this is! Our God declares that when he has finished with us, when he has created new heavens and a new earth, when our salvation is complete and consummate, we will enter into an everlasting joy that will eclipse all the joys we have known in this world. He bids us rejoice now in the anticipation of the joy awaiting us in eternity. He declares, “the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Our sins will not be remembered against us, for Christ has totally purged them away (Hebrews 1:3). They will cause us no sadness in heaven. In that great and glorious day, our God will make us perfectly joyful. And the triune God will, in all his holy Being, “rejoice over thee with joy.” He will rejoice over us “as a bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride.” — Imagine that!
In that great and glorious new creation, God will wipe all tears from the eyes of his people forever! Listen to the apostle John. — “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” There will be no tears in heaven to mar God’s new creation. — No tears over past sins. — No tears over failures, losses, bad experiences, or even lost loved ones. Why not? Because “God himself” will be with us; and Christ will be our husband and our joy forever. Who can grasp the fulness of this promise? It is too great, too broad, too incomprehensible for our mortal brains. Yet, it is gloriously true! Our great God shall, in heaven’s glory, remove us from all sin, remove all sin from us, and remove us from all the evil consequences of sin. He will remove us from every cause of grief. He will bring us at last into the perfection of complete salvation. Every desire of our hearts will be completely gratified. God’s salvation is so perfect and complete that when he is finished, we will not even have the slightest tinge of sorrow for anything! He who is God our Savior has promised it; and he will do it. — “Behold, I make all things new!”