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A Year Behind, Eternity Ahead

Posted: Wednesday, December 30

 Pastor Tom Murray // Mission &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Mission & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Malachi 1:1-2:17
Revelation 21:1-27
Psalm 149:1-9
Proverbs 31:10-24 


Verse of the day:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

As we knock on the door of a new year, we look back on the year that was.  We reflect on what changed in our lives in the 365-day gap that filled January 1 through December 31. 



Your family may have grown through the birth of a child or a marriage.  Our job title, responsibilities, employer or boss may have changed.  There could be new friendships.  Home may be in a different place at the end of the year than it was at the beginning of the year. 



Many grapple with remorse or sadness because of a loss in the past year.  It could be the loss of a loved one, a job or a dream.  Perhaps what we thought would come to be instead fell through. 



As big as a year can feel, God reminds us that it is merely an blip on the timeline of eternity.  Despite what has been, what a hope we have in John’s vision of a new heaven and a new earth, where “the dwelling place of God is with man” (Revelation 21:3). 



No mourning. 



No pain.    



We are promised that God Himself will “wipe away every tear” and that “death shall be no more” (v. 4).  



It is difficult (some would say impossible) for our minds to comprehend eternity in a place without death and the other experiences that inject sadness into the world. 



It is a place we are not worthy to enter without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  We have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  Yet, through Jesus, we are made whole and perfect in the eyes of God. 



How thankful I am that the Creator of the universe desires to dwell with me.  God calls us into a relationship with Him now.  It is a relationship that will be magnified, intensified and glorified in eternity.