All Things New

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Revelation 21:3-5

See, the home of God is among mortals . . . See, I am making all things new. (vv. 3, 5)

“Behold,” says the voice from the throne, “the home of God is among humans.” As with the Israelites in the Judean wilderness, as with the Word made flesh, so also here God pitches his tent with the likes of us. Underlying these stories, like a common thread, is the same Greek word (skn or “tent”). God himself will make his home among us.

And because of God’s homemaking presence, God will wipe every tear from our weeping eyes, and death will be no more, and mourning and crying and pain will be no more. No more young lives cut off in their prime – by drugs or gangs, car crashes or suicides, sneaking diseases or senseless wars. No more stillbirths or Alzheimer’s deaths. No more MS or AIDS. Shalom, at last, will reign. Delight will carry the day.

“Behold,” the voice continues, “I am making all things new.” Not “all new things,” but “all things new.” There is, literally, a world of difference between those two. All things new – renewed, refurbished, renovated, redeemed. All those “re-” words we Reformed folk are so fond of. What a glorious vision of a shalom-filled world!

PRAYER

Homemaking God, may we bear witness, in all we do, to your grand vision of a world redeemed and renewed and filled with your presence.