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The Rev. Ryan Perry

Revelation 21:5: 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.”

Have you ever restored something in such a way that it looks like new? Maybe you have restored an old car or historic home or maybe you have done something smaller like a wood floor or old brass fixtures. Whatever that thing might be, the real truth is that it is still old, and it will continue to wear out after you restore it. Everything in this world, no matter how new it looks, is wearing out and will wear out.

This is also true of us as people. No matter how good of shape we try to stay in, our bodies are always wearing out. No matter how sharp we try to keep our minds, they are in a continual process of decay. No matter how emotionally stable we try to be, the stress of the world continually beats against us in a way that can wear our emotions and psyche down.

Now, you might be thinking that life is looking very bleak. But there is hope.

Though our bodies, minds and emotions are continually in a state of decay we are reminded through God’s word that one day all things will be made new. Our God, through Jesus Christ, will one day wipe away every tear from the eyes of his people. He will restore us, and instead of just making us look new, we will truly be new.

We will no longer experience pain, suffering, emotional trauma or death, but instead will experience an eternal life that is full of an eternal joy that is far greater than anything that this world could ever hope to give us.

As the prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 35:10: And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

So don’t lose heart today. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ know that your God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is coming back. And on that day he will wipe away the tears and pain that you are enduring and will fill you with an everlasting joy that can never be taken from you. For he truly is the God who makes all things in this world, including you and me, brand new.

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Ryan Perry is associate pastor of La Crescent Evangelical Free Church

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