Today's Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Bible doesn't answer every question we have about the life to come. But it is clear that there will be new heavens and earth. A new creation. This creation is wrecked. Ruined. Fallen. Adam and Eve sinned and the curse of death that was put upon mankind also fell upon this world. Natural disasters. Animals that kill each other and people. Death and decay and destruction all around us.
But there will come a time when that is all gone and done forever. In the new heavens and the new earth, there won't be creatures that are enemies of each other. There won't be suffering, sorrow or death. And the things that have hurt us and made us cry in this life won't be remembered in the life to come.
But the new creation isn't something that is far away. It has already begun. It began when Jesus undid the curse of sin by taking all of sin's judgment and death upon Himself at the cross. When Jesus rose again on Easter, death began to unravel. The new creation was on its way.
That new creation continues to spread out from Easter. It touches you at the font where you are made a new creation in the waters of holy baptism. The former things, your sins, are no longer remembered. That new creation continues to work in you as the Spirit daily raises up your new man in Christ. Then, when the flesh and blood of Christ are given to you, even your death is guaranteed to be overcome by the new creation.
It's not all here yet. Don't we know it as we still suffer and weep in this life! But the time will come when Jesus comes back and everything He has begun in you will be completed and fulfilled once and for all and you will live in that new heaven and earth forever. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Come, O Christ, and loose the chains that bind us; Lead us forth and cast this world behind us. With You, the Anointed, Finds the soul its joy and rest appointed. (LSB 679:5)
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