Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, “for the first heaven and the first earth
had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now
among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things
has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” -Revelation 21:1-5 NIV

Have you heard of or read the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley? I had to read it in high school, and from time to time bits and pieces of the book come back to mind. Huxley wrote the book in 1932, and it fits in well with the dystopian genre so popular today. Earlier writers sought to present literary works describing worlds reaching a state of “utopia.” Desiring to mock their works, Huxley instead presented a dystopian world – the polar opposite of these other writers.

In either case, whether readers favor utopian or dystopian worlds, the worlds envisioned by these writers in no way compares to the one described by the Apostle John. We know our world is corrupted by sin and filled fallen human beings. From the early days of man’s existence, Moses informed us that “. . .GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” (Genesis 6:5 KJV). God destroyed the world through a massive flood, saving only Noah and his family. Noah began a “brave new world,” yet man’s heart remained unchanged. We still needed a Savior!

Say with me, “Thank God for Jesus!” I’m so glad the Lord didn’t leave mankind to his own devices. We couldn’t save ourselves; not us, with hearts the Prophet Jeremiah described as “deceitful” and “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Knowing this, the Father sent His only begotten Son to be born, live among sinful men and give His life on their behalf. Jesus didn’t stop there – he rose from the dead in power and victory, with the keys of death and hell in His hands (Revelation 1:18). Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Because of God’s grace-filled gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, we will one day experience a true “brave new world.” The Apostle John describes a new heaven and a new earth. He doesn’t stop there – he inspires us with a description of the “Holy City” – a new Jerusalem, coming down from God Himself. In the new world John describes, there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more tears!

I don’t know what 2017 held for you. Maybe you experienced a wonderful year – and possibly, you did not. Regardless, God has blessed us to enter a new year! If you’re reading this, that means you’ve been given another day, and another chance. We stand in the dawn of a year we’ve never experienced. We don’t know what 2018 holds, but we know Who holds 2018! We are citizens of a heavenly kingdom, and one day, we will live in the brave new world John describes. Be encouraged – a brave new world is ours! Be Blessed.

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