A New Earth

Mike Vaal

READ : Revelation 21:1-5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. (Revelation 21:1, NIV)

As much as the beauty and majesty of the created world delight us, the best is yet to come. A new creation awaits us.

There are striking things about John’s description. For one thing, the focus is on a city. As much as I have enjoyed certain cities, I don’t usually think of them as the places I would go to observe and appreciate God’s handiwork. Man’s work, yes, but the beauty of God’s work is best seen in the world of nature.

Revelation also says there is no sea. My son, who loves to sail on Lake Huron, was astonished: “That’s not right!” he groaned. Not for one who loves the water, but the sea to biblical folk was a fearful place, something that doesn’t belong in a heaven and earth in which there will be no crying or pain. I’ll trust the Lord to work that one out with all his sailors!

Once again, we are humbled by what we don’t know. We can’t imagine what all this glory will look like. But the world to come will be a place without pain or tears or death. Isn’t that enough to know?

PRAYER

Lord, I know that the new creation will be ruled by your wisdom and love. In that I have hope.