Jesus is Making All Things New
There will be a day when followers of Christ will have our tears wiped away from our eyes, death will be no more, and there will be no more pain. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. God will dwell with us and He will rule over us. (Revelation 21:1-4) There is great hope in these truths! After all, this life is full of tears, death, and pain. In this life, we do not get to experience a face to face relationship with Jesus. We know that Jesus wins the war against the enemy in the end, so in a way it's easy to have long-term hope. Needless to say, we have much to look forward to when these future events come to fruition.
Hope is ultimately realized with Jesus in Heaven
In the opening chorus of Jeremy Camp's song "There Will Be A Day", our future life with Jesus is depicted beautifully...
There will be a day with no more tears,
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face
And the chorus continues...
But until that day,
We'll hold on to you always
I know the journey seems so long
You feel you're walking on your own
But there has never been a step
Where you've walked out all alone
Troubled soul don't lose your heart
Cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that's in store
Outweighs the hurt of life's sting
But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
There is hope for this life too
Our future hope rests in the promises of Jesus found in Revelation 21. For He is making all things new! Our long-term future is bright indeed! The question is, do we have any hope in the short-term? Is there any hope in this life? After all, we live on earth where we experience sadness, pain, and death. Yet in the midst of suffering, part of our answer is found in five words that Jesus said to the disciples in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:20)... "I am with you always"
Although we cannot see Him face to face yet, Jesus said that He would always be with us (His disciples). Hope in this life can only be found in and through Jesus. Yet we know that He abides in us, which means we have a part in sharing hope with others. As we step into the New Year, we desperately need to be reminded that there is hope (in Jesus) for this life, for as long as it lasts. As Christians, we must be of Christ. We must be obedient to Him and live the way He commands, so that people can know the hope of Christ in us (Colossians 1:27). As the apostle Paul stated, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is ultimately how discipleship works - to follow Christ, and to follow other believers who follow Him.
This New Year should be a reminder to us of our future hope in being face to face with Jesus, for He is making all things new. And it should also remind us that He is always with us, yes, even in the midst of suffering. While there will continue to be sadness, pain, and death in the years to come, we still have hope on the earth, and it is found in Jesus alone. He has given us this life as a gift. We cannot continue to live in fear. We cannot remain in despair. He is the hope of the world! How could we not let His light shine before others? We must live as though the hope of Jesus actually lives in us, as it does. We must live as though Jesus will win some battles for us before this life is over. And whenever we find ourselves without hope, we must remember that He is always with us, now and forever.