I recall a great preacher tell his congregation, “everything comes full circle.” The understanding that life is cyclical, and it seems that we return to where we began. Life is like this, all that is has God as it’s origin and life is ultimately returning to God.
Throughout the Easter Season we’ve been reflecting on the Book of Revelation. Although that last book of the Bible, and looking at the Bible we have it unfold as a love story beginning with God’s love for His creation and today being reminded that God’s love comes full circle and restored and made new. We hear in Revelation, John writes: “I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,” “Behold, I make all things new.”
God’s creation is changed, renewed and made over again, namely it is transformed into a new heaven and a new earth, because of resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of Creation is moving toward and culminates in Christ, returning and made new. As the new Jerusalem, the bride adorned for her husband, namely Christ. This is God’s people made new, and God ever present with us. What God had designed from the beginning of creation is again made new.
“Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.
He will dwell with them and they will be his people
and God himself will always be with them as their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
for the old order has passed away.”
Through this restoration the Love of God comes Full Circle. With God ever present to us and loving us we are called to go forth and share this love. What we have seen and hear, experienced in the transforming power of God’s love must be made known to others. The possibility for their lives to be made new, for their brokenness to be made whole again, for their sadness and despair to be transformed to joy and hope.
Because of the power of the resurrection Life is made new and death is restored to life, ultimately in all circumstances there is truly hope. The power of the message is ultimately love. The love that began with God our creator, extended to us through the revelation of the Son, we share with others. Through the sharing of this love, others lives too are transformed and bear witness to the transformative power of Love.