The next creation will, again, be good. It will not be broken: this one is broken, for we have broken it. In this creation, all sadness, all sickness, all pain and all grief will disappear. We will be as we ought to have been. There will be joy.
In this world, and in this time, we do have tears, pain, and difficulty. Our worship is broken, for we do such as an act of will, despite, at times, our circumstances. For we look, by faith, at what is promised. It is very good. Our aim, our goal, is to be part of the next creation,
And not left in the hell of the old one.
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them[b], 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”Revelation 21:1-6, NASB
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “[c]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
I should add that there are very good things in this life: there is beauty, honour, dignity, and worthiness. We should think o these things. Paying attention to the beauty in this time is not idolatlry. The creation was good: we broke it. We still have a duty, in this life, to husband it, to care for it. Our gardens, our homes, our lives should point to the good in this creation and forward to the better world that is coming.
But your back will ache when you finish digging. There will be losses, and grief. There are those who think that this life is all there is. That this world is all there is. Who consider nothing but their pleasure. All to often, they leave things not subcreated, but broken.
They are wrong. There is a new world to come. So we should leave behind the past and those things that hold us back, and press forward. Greater things are to come.
- The lectionary got out of order: this was Sunday’s text, as yesterday first thing I looked forward one too many days.
- Subcreation comes from Tolkien. He argued that we create fiction and new worlds because we are made in God’s image and we want to make things that are beautiful and good as he did. I think this applies to much more than writing.