What is in God’s Case?
The New Earth
Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:3-6
Key Verses: Revelation 21:1-2
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
As we wrap up this week’s emphasis on the contents of God’s case, I’ve saved the best till last. God created this earth. It was a perfect creation with no mistakes or regrets after it was in place. When God created man to live on this perfect planet, He gave man a “free moral agency” gift. Man could choose the “deal” offered by the evil one if he decided to. All of us know that man did, indeed, choose the offers of the devil. Because of that decision, sin entered mankind’s blood line. It took Jesus, the Son of God, dying on a cross to buy us back, building a bridge back to God.
Our scripture tells us that God is someday going to start over. Our present planet, with its heaven, will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth will be created. I believe it will look much like our present one, minus any decay or sinful behavior. We will enjoy God’s new earth forever, with no end! Our new bodies will be perfectly matched for the new earth, having immortality as the crowning glory of God. The presence of God will bring light and warmth to our new earth. There is no need for a sun. No struggles, habits, hurts or pain will be allowed on this new earth. As part of our final reward, we’ll never be bored, never be tested, never get hungry or ever lack fellowship or friendships! Choose God’s “case.” His deal lasts for eternity!
Father, it’s hard to fathom all of eternity and what you’ve prepared. I receive it by faith and will strive to live a life worthy of such rewards. In Jesus’ Name, amen.