Psalm: 102
Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17-25
New Testament: 1 Tim 5:17-22

for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. (Isaiah 65:18b-20)

This text is the source material for one of my favourite passages in the Bible. Here we have an incredible vision of the future where time and space have no restraints or meaning. That’s because we are looking at God’s conception of time.

As Psalm 90 says:

For a thousand years in Your sight are but yesterday. (Ps. 90:4)

More than that, the glory that is anticipated by Isaiah is about humanity returning to its natural state. Originally we were made to reflect the image, immortality and Glory of God. This true self was lost to us in the Fall, and restored to us by the coming of Christ into the world.

By inaugurating the Kingdom and teaching us the Good News….we live in the hope and faith that this world is not all there is. That it will be transformed into something far greater than we could ever ask or imagine.

It is by nothing that we do…….but by what God does through us. Slowly but surely God is perfecting us and making us whole so that we in turn can bring that peace, that wholeness, and that well being to all that we meet.

In reflecting the love of Christ that is within each of us….we become the hands that wipe away the tears, who embrace the lost, and let God’s compassion be shown to the world, so that we might glorify Him and He may delight in us. 😀