“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,
and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more. Isaiah. 65:17–19 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, I love meditating on Isaiah’s tantalizing visions of the first and second comings of Jesus, the Messiah. Christmas represents the fulfillment of gigantic promises, filled with immeasurable hope and irrepressible delight.
With the first coming of Jesus, the kingdom of God came near—your redeeming hand and heart on earth. Because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we live with the settled joy of knowing we have been forgiven all our sins and declared righteous in Christ. We have you as our Father and the Spirit as our guide; you’ve given us citizenship in heaven and vocation on earth; we have present peace and eternal hope, and our tears and pain have an expiration date! Wow… who needs any more Christmas presents?
But there is more… Father you’ve promised to restore, not replace, creation through the work of Jesus. This world matters—every place we live, work, and play. The knowledge of your glory will fill this very earth some Day—every square inch of it. Just like we sing, Jesus has come to make his blessings flow “far as the curse is found.” Hallelujah!
And there’s still more… you’ve promised to redeem a huge family from every race, tribe, tongue, and people group to populate the “new heavens and new earth.” You used stars, sand, and dust to describe to Abraham the mathematics of your mercy and size of your eternal family (Genesis 12-17).
Father, the gospel really is this big and this good. The heck with a “merry little Christmas”! Until the Day you send Jesus back to finish making all things new, free us to live and love to your glory, with Jesus-focus and every-increasing joy. So very Amen we pray, with peace and hope, in Jesus’ name.