“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”
The new year is often seen as a time to start over, make things right, finally lose that weight. The gyms fill up, relationships are worked on, and dispositions are changed…for a while. But, more often than not, our best and most resilient resolutions just don’t seem to stick. Within a matter of months, or even weeks, we’re right back where we ended the previous year. Let’s face it, we don’t really have it within our own strength to make any lasting change in our lives. Sure, some folks seem to make it happen, but the vast majority of us end up back in our normal cycle.
But what if we took our focus off of ourselves and our own determination and looked at the One who does have the power to make a change; and He is indeed doing just that very thing. God is making all things new again!
At the summation of history, John sees a glimpse of God seated on His throne and declaring that He “is making all things new.” While this vision certainly carries with it a future aspect, God is also in the business of making new things right now.
Redeemed Man: A New Creation
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
If we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, God has already done a work of new creation in our own lives. Scripture tells us that we are new because of Jesus. What does “new” mean? It means that we who were once dead in trespasses and sins have now been made alive (Ephesians 2). It means that we now have a new spirit and a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26). It means that we have been redeemed through the blood of Christ and restored to a right relationship with the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:1, 4:10).
This is the present aspect of God’s making all things new. It is real for you today if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and, in repentance, have submitted to His lordship.
Redeemed Heavens/Earth: A Future Hope
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” – Revelation 21:1
We have been made into new creations and we are continually being renewed inwardly (2 Corinthians 4:16). But God is also promising to make a new creation for these new creatures that we have become. It will be a new creation that is no longer tainted by the corruption of sin and rebellion (Revelation 21:4). There will be no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, and ultimately no more sin. We will be completely removed from ALL effects that our curse placed upon us. Bodies won’t grow old or wear out. Food will have zero calories (hallelujah!). Cancer will be a far distant memory. Injustice and prejudice will be forever dismissed. Relationships won’t be broken or damaged. And most amazingly and important of all, we will dwell in the presence of our Lord and enjoy unbroken fellowship with Him for all of eternity (Revelation 21:3)!
That is what awaits those that have placed their trust in Jesus Christ.
A New Year Resolution Worth Making
So, as we look with anticipation at 2015 let us also look with anticipation at the work that God is doing in our lives and will do for His glory and our enjoyment in the future. These promises of new creation are only for those that have repented and placed their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. I would be remiss if I didn’t caution that as glorious as these promises are for the children of God, the exact opposite is true for His enemies and those who reject His gift. In the same passage in which He promises eternal bliss for His children, He promises eternal judgement on His enemies (Revelation 21:8). But those warnings are meant to call you to repentance and trust in Him and draw you away from destruction and into everlasting life!
So, why not make this new year a time of REAL change? Why not make your new year’s resolution one that will stick for eternity? Come to the One who has given everything to make a way for you to enjoy Him. Turn from your rebellion and sin and turn toward Him who makes all things new. Let Him make 2015 a truly NEW year!