Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Waiting For Aslan To Make All Things New

This headstone is in a cemetery down the street from my in-laws. Whenever I see it, I think of that last book in "The Chronicles of Narnia" series (~The Last Battle~) when Aslan does indeed make all things new... including Mr. & Mrs. Beaver.

"Further Up and Further In!" That's what Aslan commands the resurrected faithful as they enter into a New Narnia. You just need to go get the book and read it. It's a beautiful picture of the promise that our God has given us -- the promise that one day, after all the dust of this life is settled, after sin & death have been fully dealt with, after evil has been conquered, after this fallen earth finally comes to a close, and the gates of eternity are thrown open -- a New Heavens and a New Earth will be created for us.

Further Up and Further In. They run forever in the New Narnia... and everything is bigger. Everything is better. Everything is higher, brighter, more colorful, more beautiful, more real.

That's what Jesus is preparing for his people.

But for now, like Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, we wait for him to make all things new.

Revelation 21: 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.”

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