Changed forever

The tagline of every movie these days seems to be that “the world will be changed forever.” And yet through everyday events, the world is changing and turning, and repeating the themes seen throughout history. Just when there seems to be a new way of life that brings hope for a better humanity, there is new corruption to crush that hope. When will the cycle be broken? Good news: it was broken when a little baby was born into the world. God came to be with men one time as a Man among us, and He will come again!

Revelation 21:1-7

“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.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 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. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

When Jesus was on earth, He spoke of His return as King. He would come as a thief in the night: unexpected. And it will be a time of hope for many, but a time of despair for many others. How will He find you?

God, thank You that You gave us such an extravagant gift: Your Son who died in our place! And You continue to give us chances to repent and follow His ways and be covered in His grace. You are so good. Please help me to not be caught up in this world…it is dying at its core, and crying out for something better. And You have already provided the answer through Jesus, we are just waiting His return to bring a kingdom ruled by Your love that will not be corrupted. Please help that to be my focus as I go through the day. To You be the glory. Amen.

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