“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 heart-palpitating visions of what Jesus will accomplish through both of his comings. Christmas invites us to ponder gigantic promises, filled with immeasurable hope and irrepressible delight.
With the first Advent 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 peace of knowing all our sins are forgiven and we’re counted righteous in Christ. But there’s more.
We have you as our Father and the Spirit as our guide; citizenship in heaven and vocation on earth. Our tears and pain have an expiration date. But there’s even more.
You have promised to restore, (not replace) creation. This world matters—every place we live, work, and play. The knowledge of your glory will fill this very earth some Day. Indeed, Jesus has come “to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found”—to make all things new, not make all new things.
And there’s still more. By the Gospel, you are redeeming a huge family from every race, tribe, tongue, and people group. They (we!) will enjoy perfect life in the “new heaven and new earth” forever. Heck, who needs Christmas presents with an inheritance like this?
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. So very Amen we pray, with peace and hope, in Jesus’ name.