The Bible Speaks
“…the former things have all passed away…behold, I make all things new…” Revelation 21:4-5
I went with my wife to her father’s grave recently and was reminded by the Word of God that death was not His plan. When God created man and woman, he did not intend for them to die. He provided life that would not end, perfect health, holiness of character and happiness of heart. In the Garden of Eden, there was a deep, close and personal relationship with God as Adam walked in the garden each day with the Almighty. The current separation from God that we experience was not His desire. He wanted to maintain and grow His relationship with our first parents; even extend it to all their children. Such was His plan.
In creation God provided love between a man and woman; children that grow up to be their pride and joy; work that is not toilsome and whose fruit is satisfaction to the soul and provision for the body. He made men and women to enjoy Him and each other; to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. He gave to us a world full of color; majestic, curious, resplendent with variety and beautiful vistas. He created humor and awe, peace and joy, satisfaction and fulfillment; not heartache, pain and regret, “neither sorrow nor crying nor pain.” Rev. 21:4 God created a perfect world for He Himself is perfect. He could do no less. However, He also created choice, and Adam and Eve, you and I, made the wrong one.
Sin entered the world and death through sin. Suffering and heartache are the fruits of our rebellious hearts and, though never intended for man, they are the consequences of man’s sin. We can blame God and complain that He should not have allowed it, but His ways are right and not debatable. We chose to sin and turn our back on His perfect created order. We were warned and we did not heed it. God did what a just God had to do. We got what we deserved!
Thankfully the story doesn’t end there. We turned away from God, but He never turned away from us. He had a “backup plan” from the beginning and that plan was mercy and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ, His Son. Turn away from your sin and seek His forgiveness and He will come into your life. It won’t be perfect, but it will be far better than anything this world has to offer. And one day, soon to come, all the consequences of sin will be erased and He will “make all things new.” Rev. 21:5
The Bible speaks of a day which is to come when God will wipe away every tear and restore the Eden He first created. Are you ready for that day? Not all will enjoy it, but only those who have sought forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Don’t delay. One day, the “former things will all have passed away.”
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor of Turner’s Chapel.