All Creation Will Be Restored
Open Your Bible
Psalm 24:1-2, Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 21:22-27, 2 Peter 3:10-13
Scripture Reading: Psalm 24:1-2, Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 21:22-27, 2 Peter 3:10-13
Of all of the gospel promises, the promise of future restoration is perhaps the most hopeful for me and also the most difficult to understand. Having only known a broken world, how do I even begin to imagine what the new creation will look like?
Pain will no longer exist? Death, crying, and grief will no longer exist? The wolf and the lamb will eat together? Aging will not be an issue?
I love the idea of all of these things, but like trying to imagine a new color, I don’t have a frame of reference for them. And so they feel more like a far-off dream than a future reality. But whenever the big picture of Scripture is too hard for me to imagine, it helps me to zoom in closer, to look at the passage on a smaller scale and consider where I’ve seen this truth play out in my own life.
Perhaps trying to imagine this earth returning to its Eden state is too difficult, but has God not already done the same work of restoration in me? At the very heart of the gospel is a God who restored us to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. Now anyone who is in Christ is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This means restoration is happening now. Newness is happening now. Maybe we can’t imagine what the new heaven and new earth will look like, but we need look no further than ourselves in order to see the power of restoration and possibility of newness through our Father.
This gives me even greater hope. Because now my hope is not just in the future restoration. I can be assured that restoration is possible today. By the work of the Spirit and with the example of Jesus Christ, we—as a new creation ourselves—can work toward this restoration in our relationships, in our work, and in our communities.
As the apostle Peter said, the promise of the new creation has great implications for how we live our lives today:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming (2 Peter 3:10–12).
If God could restore us to Himself, how much more could He restore? Relationships, communities, broken dreams—not only will all that is broken be made new on the next side of heaven, but God is making things new on this side too.
Today, when I read about the new creation I am trying to see it not as some sort of ethereal image I can’t comprehend, but as proof that God can restore all things in heaven and on earth. His promise of restoration doesn’t have to puzzle me; it can energize me, giving me purpose in how I work out restoration here until the day of our God.
So if you are doubting today whether the brokenness of this world can ever be mended, or that true reconciliation could ever happen, or that the pain will ever go away—look to Scripture and what God has done for you and and remember His words, said in present tense, “Look, I am making everything new” (Revelation 21:5).
Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer, Texas native, and the author of the memoir English Lessons: The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find Andrea laughing with friends at a coffee shop or creating yet another nearly edible baking creation in her kitchen. One of these days she’ll get the recipe right.