The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Isaiah 65:17-24

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing
And her people for gladness.
“I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;
And there will no longer be heard in her
The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.
“No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,
Or an old man who does not live out his days;
For the youth will die at the age of one hundred
And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred
Will be thought accursed.
“They will build houses and inhabit them;
They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
“They will not build and another inhabit,
They will not plant and another eat;
For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people,
And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands.
“They will not labor in vain,
Or bear children for calamity;
For they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord,
And their descendants with them.
It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.

What a glorious day that will be when Jesus comes again, and we inhabit the new heaven and the new earth. None of the pain and sadness and evil of this life will exist there—we will live forever in health and peace, with no tears, no want, and no sufferings. Maranatha, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!

Lord, we know the evils of this world are a direct result of man’s sinfulness and rebellion against You. We look forward to the day when You will replace the evil of today with the new heaven and the new earth that are perfect and complete—Your pure and holy creation. Give us endurance and strength to handle the trials of this world as we look forward to eternity with You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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