Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” . . . and there was no longer any sea. (Rev. 21:1)
“History repeats itself” is a common phrase employed to emphasize how things tend to boomerang from past to present. You can witness this firsthand with fashion, music, and design. What seems to be new now is often just a rediscovery of what once was.
Amidst the epic of Scripture, Revelation brings us into the bookend of God’s complete story. Since the “in the beginning” passages of Genesis, all seemed to have been lost in Eden. Yet God did not give up on his original plan and dream for his creation. In God’s story, doing something new often looks more like restoring something of old. What John saw was the boomerang of Eden making its way back into restoration.
Like the apostle John, our hearts must be aflame with the hope of restoration—our sights set on what is to come and our lives restored once again to the sacred space where heaven and earth meet in Eden.
History repeats itself. In this case, Jesus is bringing together both past and future into the promise of our present. As we enter this day, may our lives bear the bookends of his purpose. May we see the hope of what was and what will be meeting us in the midst of what is. Jesus is restoring Eden, and it starts with him doing something new in you.
Instead of trying to restore something old, let God do something new.
Aaron Golden is a church planter and lead pastor at Union Point Church in New Bern, North Carolina.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.