Written by Jaqueline Kinmont
Restoration was the furthest thing from my mind, I had unconsciously settled into resignation.
I resigned myself to the fact that I would be this way forever; my life would be this way forever! But something happened, something amazing yet terrifying.
Amazing because: ‘The life I had grown accustomed to was going to change from here on.’
Terrifying because: ‘Did I hear right, what if...’
Jesus spoke to me and said: ‘I am making all things new.’
Can it really be, can all things be new again? I was so used to ‘arranging my happiness’, not really expecting too much... not really trusting.
My thoughts were more on, ‘One day in heaven...’ And, somehow we eagerly carry on in search of Eden in the broken world we live in, losing heart, thinking that we are destined to live this way. But then God comes!
Scripture tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Sometimes we see glimpses of our true identity and we try to hold on to that feeling, that longing, that time and space. But life, for the most part, with all its brokenness, keeps our glory hidden.
My thinking was so different to what God had in mind. You see, God promised me He would make all things new, but I thought he was promising ‘new things’! But, He was about to restore the things in my life that were so badly broken; miraculously!
Jesus was thinking, ‘Kingdom’; I was thinking ‘old man...’
He wanted me to have the wonder and joy of it all, first-hand. And so He does for all of us!
I was looking for the new ‘things’ and sure enough they came, but I missed the real thing, until I realised: ‘What had just happened...?’
‘His ways are not our ways...’
What does all this mean? When I think of a ‘Kingdom’ I think of a King doing as He pleases, as He desires. God’s Kingdom is entirely different to what we are experiencing on earth today.
Acts 1:3 ()
'After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.'
Mark 1:15 (NIV)
‘”The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”’
We were not meant to live this way, so far away from Eden, so when the Kingdom of God comes to earth, wonderful things begin to unfold.
Matthew 4:23 (NIV)
'Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.'
Luke 9:11 (NIV)
'But the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.'
So what then happens when we find ourselves in the Kingdom of God?
The disabled take dancing lessons.
The deaf buy a canary.
The blind go to the theatre.
The dead praise and worship like never before.
Human brokenness is healed, hallelujah!
The Kingdom of God brings restoration, and life is restored to the way it was meant to be!
‘And it was GOOD’!
Hmm... perhaps the reason there is reported a silence for half an hour of eternity is that we are all quite speechless and amazed at the wonder of it all! (see Revelation 8:1)
Wow! Just imagine, we are going to be just like Him, perfect in every way!
1 John 3:2 (NIV)
'Dear friends,now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.'
Our beauty is going to shine through in a way that life, with all its sorrows, weaknesses, and ugliness, often prevents us from being, but in a way that we were destined to be!
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