As many of you know, several weeks ago the Napa Valley was ravaged by fires. In fact, Chelsea's family had to evacuate their home for a few days because of them. This last week when we were visiting them, my mother-in-law was showing us the places that had been burned along the road leading to their house. Surprisingly, though, the effects of the fire were barely visible. Sure, there was a half burned house here and there, but the grass was green and thick. In just a few short weeks, the ground that had once been charred and blackened was filled with life again. As I pondered this, I thought about the end of the world and how, after sin and death are consumed by the flames, God creates a new heaven and a new earth from the ashes (Revelation 21:1).
In the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve had sinned, God promised a Savior, someone Who would buy back what had been lost. Speaking to the serpent, He said, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15). When Jesus came 4,000 years later, His birth was a promise that someday, all things would be made new. This Christmas season, let's remember the One who we're celebrating and allow Him to create a new heart in us so that someday, we will get to experience a new earth where sin and suffering and death are no more. I can't wait for that day, can you?