Sunday, August 27 | Everything New
Read Revelation 21:1–8
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He 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.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
- What promise(s) do you see in today’s passage? What hope do you see in today’s passage?
- Reflect on how that promise or the hope reflected might relate to your life right now.
- What desire or prayer does the promise in today’s passage evoke in you?
God, thank You that You are making everything new and that a day is coming when there will be no more suffering, pain, tears, or death. Peace will prevail. Love will rule. Life will reign. Every broken part of me and of this world will be healed and restored. May it be so!
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