February 27 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then he who sat on the Throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And he said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'” Revelation 21:4-5 We live in a fallen world. We're born to sinful parents into a sinful society. We are brought up in a sinful culture. Sin brings destruction and we see destruction all around us. Sin is the cause of all sickness, poverty, all suffering of every kind. God didn't make the world this way. If you read the story of the creation in the book of Genesis, note that after everything God created he said it was "good." It was a perfect world. The world God created had no suffering of any kind. So what happened? Satan, with his pleasant and enticing words, convinced Eve to believe a lie. He asked her if God really said they were not to eat the fruit of a particular tree, otherwise they would die. She said yes, he said that. Then Satan told her it wasn't true and that they won't really die, rather it's that God doesn't want them to know they can be like him, they come become "little gods." She fell for it and she and Adam rebelled against God, believing instead the lies of Satan. God had told them that the consequence of sin is death, but they had never seen death, they had no idea what it was. When they sinned, the death principle came into the world and brought death to every living thing both man, animal, and even plant life - because in their rebellion against God they had turned over to Satan the authority over the earth that God had given them. The world was no longer "good." To this day we suffer under the curse of death, disease, hatred, poverty, all the evil you see in the world stems from the death principle that sin brought into the world. Satan thought he had won. He had spoiled God's creation. But God formed a plan to redeem his creation. He sent Jesus Christ his Son to take upon himself the judgment due on all our sin. And to those who receive him and believe on the atonement he made for us, and who receive it for themselves and turn their lives over to him, the promise is that we are totally forgiven and will one day see everything reversed. The former things will have passed away. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more crying. There shall be no more pain of any kind. This is the hope of the Gospel, offered to all who will believe. How to receive it for yourself: Listen to what the work of salvation entails - in the words of Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;" Luke 4:18 If you are brokenhearted, if you are captive to things within yourself that you cannot control, if you don't understand God's Word, if you are afflicted, oppressed, then this is the promise made to YOU, the work of salvation that can begin right here, right now, and that will unfold during all of your coming days. When one accepts the Redeemer that God provided us, he is born out of the kingdom of Satan and into the Kingdom of God. At that moment, all things become new, and the believer is starting a whole new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 Pray this prayer out loud and mean it with all of your heart: Father, I acknowledge before you that I am a sinner, corrupt, defiled with sin. But your Word says that your Son Jesus Christ took upon himself MY guilt and carried MY sins to the Cross where he received IN HIMSELF the judgment on it all. I make the choice to place my trust in the atonement he made for me and because the sin debt has been paid by him I ask you to forgive me, cleanse me, and begin in me the work of salvation. I surrender myself and my entire life and every part of it to you. I acknowledge you from this day as my Lord. Pray that prayer and mean it. You will never regret it.