Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

New Heavens and a New Earth

 

When Jesus went into Cana the first time he changed water into wine at a wedding feast, showing how a ceremonial cleansing must give way to the actual cleansing of sin by his blood. On his second entry into Cana Jesus raised the royal official’s.son from the dead. This second sign or miracle has to do with the resurrection of the  body to newness of life in Jesus. We read:

The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.”   (John 4:49–52)

The first miracle had to do with a marriage feast. The second miracle had to do with another marriage feast, the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.Are we ready for the Marriage Feast of the Lamb? This feast will help usher in a new Earth which will be decidedly changed from the world we know now. Isaiah writes:

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 65:25)

There is so much concern today about the environment. While it is true that we should be good stewards of the environment, we cannot prevent this Earth from wearing out. This wearing out is part of God’s plan. The Prophet Isaiah wrote that this world will “wear out like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6).

I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;

the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.   (Isaiah 65:17-18)

We must not worship the creation, but rather the creator.

Thanks be to God that the old earth will pass away. Yet the Lord has said that his Word will never pass away.

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