You know how sometimes your computer or your phone or your tablet just starts acting funny? The operating system slows down or apps just don’t act like they’re supposed to. It’s frustrating, right? What do you do? Sure, you reboot the device. Often, that’s enough to set things right. Sometimes though, the problems don’t go away because somewhere along the line, some of the pieces of the operating system have gotten corrupted in some manner. Yeah, corrupted is the term commonly used by tech folks. When the OS is broken like this, the best course of action is to save your data and then wipe the hard drive, reformat and reinstall the OS to get a fresh start. When you do this, you get back to a pristine, just like new, out of the box experience. Everything runs quick and smooth, and it’s a joy to use the device again.
Well, guess what. There is coming a day when God is going to reformat and reinstall His creation’s OS!
In chapter 21 of the book of Revelation, the apostle John tells us that he saw a new Heaven and and new Earth. In reading Isaiah 65:17, God says, “Look! I’m creating a new heaven and a new earth…”
But before He does it, just like we do with our computers, He is going to save His important data…those who have responded to His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
And when the new Heaven and new Earth have been created, and the saved data, or the saved people are brought into the new creation, all the corrupted stuff from the old creation will be made to operate like God originally intended.
Listen again to verses 17-25: “…past events won’t be remembered; they won’t come to mind. Be glad and rejoice forever in what I’m creating, because I’m creating Jerusalem as a joy and her people as a source of gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad about my people. No one will ever hear the sound of weeping or crying in it again. No more will babies live only a few days, or the old fail to live out their days. The one who dies at a hundred will be like a young person, and the one falling short of a hundred will seem cursed ... Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. Wolf and lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but the snake—its food will be dust.
They won’t hurt or destroy at any place on my holy mountain, says the LORD.
What a joy it will be to live in this new place! Think of it. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more wars, no more disease, no more strife. Harmony between God and man. Harmony among people. Serenity in the animal kingdom. Just as God intended from the beginning, before the virus of sin corrupted creation’s operating system.
I for one can’t wait until God hits the reset button.