Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Monday after the Last Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25 (NKJV)
65:17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.”
The Lord has promised from of old: there will be new heavens and a new earth. In Revelation 21:5 we hear these words coming from the mouth of the Lord, “Behold, I make all things new.” The fulfiller of Isaiah’s prophecy is none other than Christ our Lord.
Christ is the firstborn of the new creation. Though He is eternally God, His human nature is assumed, not in the way of the old order of things, but rather by a virgin birth. By His death on the cross He atones for the old creation’s fall, overcomes the old creation’s death, and defeats the one who ruined the old creation in the first place: the devil himself.
Anyone who is in Christ is also a new creation. We still live in a fallen world, and sin still inheres in our flesh. But the fix is already in. We will be raised imperishable, honorable, holy, sinless, and immortal, to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. By the grace of God the troubles of this world will be forgotten as we dwell forever in the eternal glory of an unfallen world, in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, in perfect communion with our most gracious Triune God.
We pray: O God our Father, grant us not to treasure the things of this world too much, but rather to embrace, hold fast, and treasure Your wonderful promise of a blessed eternity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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