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All things New

While thinking about some of the last words of the Lamb in the 21st chapter of Revelation, I found a quote from Terrance Klein in America… The Jesuit Review”.

Klein writes of a well-known American actor and filmmaker, “He has many critics, as a man and a moviemaker, but in his movie “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) Mel Gibson reset a line of Scripture, and, in that act of artistry, revealed the deepest of truths. Here’s the scene. Mary sees her son Jesus fall under the weight of his cross. She remembers running to her child when he fell. Despite the crowd and his captors, she races to her adult son. Raising his bloodied face from the earth, she offers the greatest of comfort, though it is only the words, “I am here.”

Jesus sees her, and Mr. Gibson moves a line from the Book of Revelation to this encounter. Panting, Christ responds, ‘See, Mother, I make all things new.’ That’s nothing less than inspired.” End of Quote.

Lexicon’s of first-century Greek language point out that the word translated “new” in Revelation 21:5 carries the idea of “refreshing.” Rather than referring to something that has not been before, it implies something or someone that has been made better than the old.

Am guessing that, between what the story of the Lamb tells us about the heart of our God and what the world he enchants does with a “worm”— it will be a refreshing beyond our wildest hopes and dreams.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart, an apt picture to accompany the subject of something changing from one thing to another.

    When I was a child we brought cocoons into the classroom so that we could watch in the spring when the caterpillar in the cocoon would emerge as a butterfly.

    Nature really does reflect God in many ways.

    I have always held fast to Revelation 21:4, looking so forward to that hour when “all the former things are passed away.”

    The truth is for me I tire of this world and all its disappointments and look ahead with an anxious heart when there is no more sorrow, no more sickness, and no need for wheelchairs or hospitals.

    Not sure where to go with this topic, but thank you for a change of subject.

    59 and foggy.

    Steve

  • jeff1 says:

    It’s God who gets it right when He tells us not to make this world our home as He knows it is full of disappointments.

    To add to that I have messed up my own life and so I am disappointed in my own efforts.

    So all told I long for a world very different to what I have become used to as weariness as become my companion and there isn’t much fun in life when you feel exhausted most of the time.

    I cannot begin to imagine how wearying it is for you Steve, who has the responsibility of a family and Matthew with special needs.

    Often it seems like God gives me a mountain because I take my eyes of Jesus and that is what it feels like.

    I faced a mountain,
    that I never faced before
    That’s why I’m calling on the Lord
    I know its been awhile,
    Lord please hear my prayer
    I need you like I never have before.

    Sometimes it takes a mountain
    Sometimes a troubled sea
    Sometimes it takes a desert
    To get a hold of me
    Your Love is so much stronger
    Then whatever troubles me
    Sometimes it takes a mountain
    To trust you and believe

    Far from you Jesus
    I thought I could control
    Whatever life would throw my way
    But this I will admit
    Has brought me to my knees
    I need You Lord and I’m not ashamed to say

    Sometimes it takes a mountain
    Sometimes a troubled sea
    Sometimes it takes a desert
    To get a hold of me
    Your Love is so much stronger
    Than whatever troubles me
    Sometimes it takes a mountain
    Sometimes it takes a mountain
    To trust you and believe