Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Future Hope - January 25, 2012
Revelation 21:1-7 (New International Reader's Version)
1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth were completely gone. There was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem. It was coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud voice from the throne. It said, "Now God makes his home with people. He will live with them. They will be his people. And God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be."
5 He who was sitting on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down. You can trust these words. They are true."
6 He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. I am the Beginning and the End. Anyone who is thirsty may drink from the spring of the water of life. It doesn't cost anything! 7 Anyone who overcomes will receive all this from me. I will be his God, and he will be my child.
Yeshayahu-Isaiah-Chapter 60:1;20( Tanakh-The Jewish Virtual Library)
1 Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of HaShem is risen upon thee.
20 Thy sun shall no more go down, Neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for HaShem shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Where do we really go when we die and what can we expect? What are we looking to accomplish in this life? What do we have to look forward to?There is not much in this life that can provide us answers to these bug questions. This world and our culture would tell us to eat, drink, and be merry, because we can't count on tomorrow. It would say that you have to do all you can here, because there is nothing after this.
The very foundational instruction coming from science and our scientists, teach us and our children the world over that we evolved from carbon goo and that is exactly how we will end up. If you believe in anything the world tells you, you might as well call it quits. It surely doesn't provide any hope.
On the other hand, I love how the Bible is very clear in what it tells us about the afterlife, and I also love how no matter what version of the texts that you read, the message and context remain the same. It offers hope and promise to those who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
The Bible tell us that God is longing to be with His children forever. That means us. He longs to exist among us and shine the light of His glory around us and in us. He promises us no more death or mourning or crying or pain. He will make everything new. Now that is hope! That is worth looking forward to!