“‘There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”Revelation 21:4b-5a
I love springtime! I thrill at the first glimpse of purple crocuses and grape hyacinths pushing through the soft earth, even through lingering snow mounds. It’s spring’s promise of renewed hope that fills my heart. All that seemed forever dead or at least dormant is brought to life in a “do-over” drama. It’s in the same place it was a month earlier—yet it’s all different. Everything is new again as God’s creation retells and foretells the redemption story that started in a beautiful garden, Eden, and will end in the glorious City of God.
In the garden, God walked with His people. Adam and Eve enjoyed a relationship with Him, and they enjoyed the work He gave them to do. But sin brought death and decay to the world God lovingly created. It sowed sorrow and pain into a place made for joy. However, the story didn’t end there. Every chapter contains words that promise renewal: reconcile, redeem, restore, rebirth—resurrect! And someday we will know return. Jesus reversed death itself and will make all things new!
About this Month’s Author: This is the fourth “Season of” Anchor contributed by Cyndi Anderson. She continues to lead women’s Bible studies at her church in Williamsburg, Virginia, and recently led one that she wrote on the book of Nehemiah called “Redeeming the Broken Places.” She and her husband have two grown children and ten grandchildren in Colorado and California. They enjoy road trips, good coffee, and teaching God’s Word.
“Whatever sin has polluted, God will redeem and cleanse. Whatever the extent of the consequences of sin, so must the extent of redemption be.” (Steven J. Lawson)