I want to share the joyous and hope-giving things I find about the New Earth and humanity’s final, eternal and everlasting dwelling place with God ~ all set into motion when Christ inaugurated the new creation upon his resurrection right in the center of the old one. To celebrate the creation’s beauty, try to set its brokenness right. In Judaism, it is known as Tikkun olam – “repairing the world.” As His people in this world, it’s our greatest joy and privilege to play a part in God’s plan in making all things new, in healing, repairing, transforming.
N.T. Wright said: “God’s plan is not to abandon this world, the world which he said was “very good.” Rather, he intends to remake it. And when he does he will raise all his people to new bodily life to live in it. That is the promise of the Christian gospel. … The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”
You see it in C.S. Lewis’ Shadowlands in Narnia:
“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
What a great and glorious hope we have!