Heaven is coming
Of all the world’s religions, Christianity is unique in the sense that we are the only ones to claim God became human. All other faiths will insist, “That’s beneath God.” And in a sense, that is totally correct. God is holy, and we are sinful. God is high, and we are low. And yet, God showed up, which is testimony to God’s great love for His creation.
And so, the extraordinary truth of the gospel is that, in Jesus, God has taken on human flesh, not only to live for us but also to die for us and rise again, so that we may have eternal life. In Christ, God is coming near. Not just once, but for all eternity.
Consider how the book of Revelation depicts the end of times and the completion of God’s work of salvation for the world.
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-3 (NLT)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.
We often think of the afterlife as humans leaving earth to go to heaven. But here, it’s actually the opposite. Heaven is coming to earth.
Heaven is being renewed. Earth is being renewed. All things are being made new.
And the best news of all is that God is with us. God’s dwelling place is among God’s people. God is with us!
What habits are you practicing to cultivate an awareness of God’s presence with you? Consider praying daily to listen to God, and read the Scriptures to know God’s word. Consider intentionally living with a sense of hope and anticipation that God is doing something now and in our future to bless us beyond our wildest imaginations.
God of all beginnings and endings, who made this wonderful world and who is working even now to complete your work of creation, to fix our mistakes, and bring the world at last to its beautiful end in Jesus Christ, remind us that in our end is our true beginning, and that in death there is new life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.