Making All Things New

Kevin Ibanez

"And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.'" Revelation 21:5 ESV

Recently, I saw a clip from the movie The Passion of the Christ and I was reminded of this verse in the book of Revelation. In the movie, Jesus is carrying his cross on the road called the Via Dolorosa (the way of suffering), on his way up to Golgotha to be crucified. His mother Mary and the Apostle John are standing near the road and see Jesus fall to the ground with the extremely heavy cross land on top of Jesus. As Mary rushes to Jesus to comfort him she has a flashback of when Jesus was a little boy and he fell while playing. As any good mother would do, she runs to her child to check on him and to comfort him. The scene then goes back to a bloodied and beaten Jesus struggling to get up with the tremendous weight of Roman cross on his back. Mary has instinctively rushed to his side, and is trying to comfort him. Jesus then looks straight into his mother’s eyes and says one of the most powerful statements in this film. He says, “See, mother, I make all things new.”

What Jesus is stating is the Gospel. In seven words he is summarizes the good news of Jesus Christ proclaimed for all people. Jesus is about to lay down his life by being crucified, in order to pay the penalty for the sins of all humanity, and more specifically, he is about to die in order pay the penalty for my sin and yours. The reality is that we are the ones that should have to pay the penalty for our sins, but instead God gave us the free gift of a relationship with God and eternal life through his own substitutionary death. This eternal life, this invaluable gift, comes from the heart of a gracious and generous God. He wants us to have a friendship, a relationship with Him, but it can only happen by putting our faith in Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross for us. It’s when we repent of our sins and are born again, that all things, including our lives become new.

Jesus not only came to give the opportunity for humanity to reconcile with God and have a personal relationship with him, but he came to bring newness and wholeness to this entire world. He came to set the cosmic order straight, to create a new heaven and a new earth, to make all things new as he states in Revelation 21.

So, as followers of Jesus Christ, our marching orders are to go into all the world and make disciples by sharing the message of the Gospel and by living it out. We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to flow through our words, actions and attitudes and be a part of making all things new. My encouragement to all of us is to pray and ask God to empower us through his Holy Spirit and be on mission as we get to play a small, yet significant role in His making all things new as we share and live out the Gospel on a daily basis.

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