What will your world look like when all is as it should be and who/what will be the focus of this world?

STEVE McKENZIE   -  

RESTORATION

If you could imagine a perfect world – how would you describe it? What would be at the center, unifying all the peoples of the earth in celebration of one truth. Some see a utopia with humans all living in peace with one another. Others believe that Mother Earth and humanity will be one. Still others imagine nothingness. Some people’s hope is to be married… have children… get a job… become rich or famous, etc. Everyone wants something better than the reality of the broken world we currently experience.

The Bible teaches us that God will restore humanity back into perfect relationship with himself and one another for all eternity. Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, he ascended into heaven and said that he is going to prepare a place for his in heaven (John 14:3) and when he returns he will restore heaven and earth as a new creation (Revelation 21). Jesus will be the center of all worship with people from “every tribe, and language, and people and nation” (Revelation 5) all worshipping Jesus together.

Each one of us will die and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Mark 16:16 makes it clear, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus is our rescuer from sin. Whoever believes that [1] Jesus is God, [2] He died on the cross for our sins, and [3] was buried and rose from the dead on the third day (2 Corinthians 15:3-4) will be saved. We will be re-created, redeemed, restored – to experience oneness and wholeness now and forever more. However, those who do not trust in Jesus will remain in their state of fallenness and sin – being separated from God and disunity from one another for all eternity.

QUESTION

  1. What will your world look like when all is as it should be and who/what will be the focus of this world?
  2. In whom or what will you trust for your salvation?

We would love to hear your thoughts on these questions by texting your answer to us at (833) 250-9110 or feel free to think through your answers on your own. 

Read John 14:1-7

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 

Read Revelation 21:1-8

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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.” 

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”