“Happy New Year?” – How about a “New Heaven and New Earth?”


Every year, regardless of what has happened it seems, we greet one another with “Happy New Year” and celebrate with a certain sense of optimism, hope and best wishes. And the truth is, things may get better, and yet they may not – in fact they may get worse. Regardless of that, tomorrow night at midnight, we’ll wish one another, “Happy New Year!”

This morning though, for devoted followers of Jesus, I read about a “Happy New Year” that tops them all! It won’t simply be numbered or limited by a set number of days… It will last forever – eternal – it will never end! All things will be new! Everything will be right and supremely “good”! Here’s the reliable report about it from God Himself, in the Bible…

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. 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.’ And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘BEHOLD, I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW!’” (From Revelation 21:1–5 ESV… and you really need to read the entire description in Revelation 21:1 – 22:5!)

Think about it – every aspect of God’s promised, fabulous future for those who trust him, love Him and follow Him! Gonna be “par excellence”! That’s a New “Year” to top ‘em all! I’m looking forward to that one with great anticipation!

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