“The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard will lie down with the goat … They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isa. 11:6–9
“They sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy…’” Rev. 5:9
“As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will God rejoice over you.” Isa 62:5
Lord Jesus, more so than ever, we crave the world Isaiah describes in this passage. The Day when carnivores become herbivores, and the entire new earth will be a like a giant petting zoo. Wolves, lambs, leopards and goats strolling, playing, napping together.
Much more so, Jesus, we crave the Day when we, ourselves, will never hurt each other again. Political parties will be replaced with Gospel-parties. No human will be used or sold, only celebrated and cherished. Spite, fight, and flight will be replaced with intimate, kind, caring relationships. No more harsh conversations, painful goodbyes, or even awkward moments. We will finally and fully love one another as you love us, Jesus.
The “new song” we already sing as your grace-bought Bride will be the forever-song filling the new heaven and new earth. No more harming or destroying, anywhere by anyone… Jesus, you are worthy. You have saved us, you do delight in us, and rejoice over us forever. We ache, we wait, we sing… “Soon, Jesus—very soon, come to us, come for us.” So Very Amen we pray.