Sunday, April 28

Life With God Comes First: Everything New! 

“They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ ” (Revelation 21:3-5)

With good reason, Easter Sunday is a time of celebration. We sing upbeat and uplifting songs. We dust off our ties. The place is packed. It’s a party, because our King is alive, and it’s an outpouring of our gratitude toward Jesus and what he did for us. But what about the Sunday after Easter? And the ones after that? That’s when we go about the work of the Kingdom Jesus spoke about so much.

We’ve spent weeks giving things up to think about what Jesus gave up for us. But we’re living the resurrection now, and there’s work to be done.

Jesus has just experienced death, mourning, crying, and pain on the cross, but that old order of things has passed away and one day that will all be gone—and he’s making all things new. That includes us.

This week is about our life with God coming first, and that’s the only order that will work. Because we can’t help other people well if we’re not connected ourselves. It’s the reason they tell you on an airplane that, if the oxygen masks drop down, to put your mask on first, and then help those around you. If he truly is the air we breathe, breathe him first.

Question: What is the one thing you’d like God to make new in you this season? Share that with him.

Family Discussion: If your family members gave up something for Lent, discuss how that went. Why did you do that? How did it affect your life? How did it affect your relationship with God? What are your plans for keeping connected this season after Lent?