In the description of the new Heaven and the new Earth, God loudly says, ‘I make everything new’. The old earth that we live on will be reformed and restored to brand new condition.
Isn’t it interesting how you can look at someone’s baby picture and still recognize him or her? They may be 68 years old but something of their expression and personality is still here.
The same is true of children. When I met with Jessica and James to plan their mother's funeral, I saw physical and personality reminders of their mother Nilde. What a powerful thing that our generations bear a resemblance to that which came before.
It is a fact of cellular life that cells divide and are recreated continuously. Your physical condition has changed continuously through life as you age. Most of your parts have been replaced but your DNA and your spirit have remained constant. There is something about you that is made to remain through every change.
The early church writer Paul talked about the process of change and constancy when he wrote these words.
As the writer looked at the future, he compared seeing a reflection to actually being face to face. You may see someone’s reflection in the mirror but it lacks the intimacy and presence of turning to actually face the person.
John’s vision of the new Heaven and the new Earth is like a mirror reflection for us to stare at. In the reality that the reflection reveals, the truth of who God is and who we are will be fully experienced.
By faith, Nilde looked to Jesus. She saw his reflection and felt his presence throughout her life. And now, she has turned to encounter Jesus face to face.
Her time in front of life’s mirror has been preparing herself as a Bride getting ready to meet the Groom. The best of what she has done has prepared her to finally be with Jesus.
When we look into the mirror at ourselves, what do we see?
Jesus came to teach us how to love. In loving God and loving one another we prepare ourselves to face the God of love.