I make all things new
In the 2004 movie, The Passion”, Jesus was on His way to Golgotha to be crucified, and He turned to comfort His mother and said, “I make all things new”. Whether He actually said those words at that time hasn’t been revealed but in Revelation 21:5 we read, “And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” Jesus was speaking the words of Isaiah 43:19,
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
In the context of Isaiah, God’s people were being told that they would be brought home to Israel after decades of captivity. I think the blessings that were to come to Israel to create something new in them are spelt out clearly in the next chapter:
The Lord who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one. 3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children (Isa. 44:2-3).
We were once in exile to the promises to Israel and in captivity to sin and death.
In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope (Eph. 2:12).
It was only through Jesus making “all things new” through His death and resurrection that we became a new creation and have God dwelling in us. What started as the Spirit living in us, will consummate with God living face to face with us in a new heavens and a new earth.
In the meantime, we are living a new life, as is so beautifully put in Galatians:
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20).
My phone’s screensaver reminds me of that privilege every day:
“You are beautiful, unique, free, a friend of Jesus, forgiven, redeemed, a child of God, fearfully and wonderfully made, significant, blessed, chosen, complete, delightful, light, adopted and LOVED.”
All quoted from the NLT
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