Day Sixteen, End of History: You Have a Hope

Revelation 21:3-5 (ESV)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 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.”

Death is not the end. Although it is easy to miss this truth sometimes, we have to remember that we will be with Jesus one day. He will make “all things new,” and save us from eternal Hell. As Paul told the Thessalonians, we are not as those who “have no hope.” And this hope is that there will come a day when the pain, struggles, and anxieties we have in this life will be done away with. Sin will be gone from our lives, and we will reign with Christ on the earth.

We will be blessed and rewarded for serving God through thick and thin, with an even greater “joy inexpressible and full of glory,” that cannot be compared to the joy we have now on this earth. The world does not have the hope of eternal life; instead they should live in fear of God’s wrath and turn to Him for forgiveness. Yet we inherit the blessings of being with Jesus in a city filled with gold, precious jewels, and everlasting life because of faith in Him, not our good works. There will be no more death, pain, sickness, or tears.

Jesus told John to write these things down, because these words are “trustworthy and true.” We can take God at His word and believe Him; He will never deceive us or turn back from what He promised. The world will enter into judgment for their sin, and this will happen soon (the day and hour known only in the mind of God.) One day Jesus will return, resurrect our dead bodies, restore this dying world back to life, and throw Satan and the demons in Hell. This is how much God hates sin, and how great His love is, that He would save us from it!

With summer now in full swing, you have an opportunity to share the gospel. Invite your friends to church! Open up your life to people so they can see someone who knows Jesus Christ. Don’t forget this world is not your home, your home is with Jesus and an eternity spent with Him. Share this with the world!

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