“Behold I make all things new.” (
Our world is infested with infections and pervaded with plagues.
No hospitals were constructed in
. Sin has changed all that. Adam and Eve were driven from Eden Paradise and the tree of life was barred from them. Health is no more the habitat of
humanity. But no more, is not
nevermore—there is another change coming with the coming of Christ! Christ will make everything new.
In heaven, the tree of life is restored. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (
In the new creation, the curse of death is removed. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” (
There will be freedom to serve Him without fleshly frailty and failure! That means activity expressed and energy exerted in exciting and meaningful ways! The future life is an extension of the best of this life. Don’t miss that, or it may undermine your enthusiasm for heaven. Many have heaven pictured as perpetually floating on a cloud as we strum a harp—and find the idea rather boring. It would be to me! But, heaven will be so much more than that. It will be an adventure of the highest order.
One of the things we will do is reign with Christ! There will be the universe to govern alongside Him. “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (
It is work without weariness—always delightful and never drudgery. You won’t end the day (the day won’t end) with sore muscles, blistered hands and a backache. You’ll know the pleasure of cultivating a crop without pulling weeds. The pollen won’t even stir up your allergies, for there will be nothing you are allergic to. Heaven and health both begin with “h” and you can’t think of one without the other.