Revelation 21:4-6 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And 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 from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
Everyday news agencies remind us that the world is broken. Stories of violence, deceit, greed, and destruction seem to be mankind’s narrative. Nature too seems afflicted with suffering, with drought, disease, and death. I think back to the Genesis account of creation when God rested on the seventh day and declared that it was good, and I find myself yearning for something better – freedom from not only the world’s disfunction but also my own brokenness.
God knew that His creation masterpiece would become tainted with sin and death. He knew we could not save ourselves, so He provided a way out. He provided salvation. He built a pathway to redemption and healing that leads us first to Christ’s cross and then forward in a walk of faith in His grace and power.
Becoming spiritually alive in Christ is indeed life-changing. However, it also brings an even deeper longing for what God originally designed. Now that we have spiritual eyes, it is now impossible to ignore the suffering that exists in our families, our friends, our neighborhoods, and our communities. Many hide pain and regret behind polite smiles and friendly waves. Others wear their feelings more openly displaying frustration and anger to those around them.
The journey we began at the cross now leads us through fields of opportunity as ambassadors of God’s grace. The forgiveness and hope we enjoy is a gift we can extend to others in a troubled world. We are part of God’s plan to provide healing and hope to a broken world, even to those who may seem hostile.
Revelation 21:4-6 speaks of a glorious finish line when God brings his redemption plan full circle back to beauty, healing, and wholeness. Indeed, what was broken will be made new. May God’s hope inspire us each day as we journey together!
Lord, thank you for providing me a pathway to healing and personal redemption through Christ’s death on my behalf. Thank you for your promise of eternity in your presence without tears, pain, or suffering. Help me to see everyone around me as you see them – your valuable creation made in your image and needing your grace. Lead me to those who need help and encouragement. Help me to be your hands and feet for those in need today.