Pastor's Column

Friday, April 19, 2013

Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe away 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."

Dear friends of Christ, how many things have you broken throughout life? I don't know about you, but I've been guilty of breaking plenty. Objects may break, but they are not the only things that can be broken. A longtime friendship can be broken. Marriages can be broken too - about 50 percent of them are. Contracts get broken. Promises get broken. Hearts are often broken by grief or disappointment. We don't like it when things break - when things we get attached to are broken.

If we so hate it when things we love break, consider how God must have felt when His perfect creation was broken by the sin of Adam. Not only was God's creation broken -- so were the hearts of all people. Sin caused a gigantic rift between God and man. And this broken relationship has affected all of God's creation.

Human history is flooded with tears. The story of mankind is filled with grief - with one tragic story after another - one calamity after another - one disaster after another. Life can be devastating. We want a happy ending. Unfortunately, life always ends in an unhappy way. Do you know why? Because it always ends in death. We all have a story to tell - a story of events that have brought tears into our lives. Even the Psalmist cries out, "My tears have been my food day and night." Maybe you can relate.

Well, God is writing a new story - a story with a happy ending - a story of a new and perfect world. This story has no tears. God is going to make a new heaven and new earth. But, only a few will enjoy the fellowship of this new creation. Only those who believe in the redemption that comes through Jesus Christ alone will enjoy the fulfillment of this promise. In order to for us to better understand what God has accomplished for His children, imagine what it would be like if someone gave you keys to a new house that didn't cost you a penny - a new house - but zero debt! It's yours for free!

Now just because the house is free doesn't mean it didn't cost anything. Someone had to pay the price. And our heavenly home is the same way. It may be free for us, but it cost God plenty. It cost the life of our precious Savior - God's Son. He shed His blood so that our broken hearts of sin would be mended. He suffered and died so that which was once broken can now be fixed.

Jesus came -- not only to put our hearts back together again by His forgiveness - He came to put the whole universe back together again. He came to fix the problem of pain. He came to fix the problem of sin. He came to fix the problem of death - permanently and eternally! Scripture says it this way, "God 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." Indeed, it is a story that has a happy ending!

This is exactly what God has done for those who trust that their sins have been forgiven through Christ's blood. He has built an eternal house specifically for His children. One day we will set aside our bodies of sin. Our bodies will be buried until the day of Christ's return at which time all bodies will be resurrected - the believers will be raised to eternal life - the unbelievers to eternal death. Our eternal home is the resurrection of our bodies. But, it also will be the gift of a new sin-free earth.

God is recreating. He is in the process of laying aside the old pattern of things so that He can make all things new. Heaven and earth will once again be in harmony with her Creator. And, so will we! We will have hearts that live in perfect harmony with God. That is why we will never again thirst. That is why we will never again despair. That is why we will never again be lonely. God's creation will be made complete. Indeed, it is a story with a happy ending! Amen.

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