We can’t meet face-to-face right now, but we can share and encourage one another electronically. Check in midweek each Wednesday as people share their favorite scripture passage and why it speaks to them in this uncertain time.
A Midweek Meditation from Phil Hefner
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is from the book of Revelation 21:1-6–
1 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. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I find two messages here that are both inspirational and comforting. We use verse 3 in our annual Christmas letter, because it’s a wonderful summary of the Christmas message. My favorite translation is by a Roman Catholic scholar: “See, the home of God is among mortals!” Jesus’ life, death and resurrection show us what it looks like when God dwells among us mortals.
Verses 5 and 6 are a compact summary of the Easter message: “I am making all things new.” In Jesus Christ, God is making us into new people, just as God will make the entire world new. Our present crisis of Corona, as well as our remembering that April 22 is Earth Day, show that making the world new involves a crucifixion—and a resurrection. That is the shape of God’s life among us.