Isaiah 65: 18-19
Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; 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.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
See if you can name some of the scenes you’ve seen from other Sparks in this image.
Talk about the tone of this image. How does it make you feel?
What would you be doing if you were in this scene?
You may have already seen some of this scene in different forms during Lent: dark clouds, harsh deserts, hot sun, streams of water. But this time it’s a whole new world—a new creation!
The passage suggests something similar and calls us to rejoice forever in this new thing that God is creating. When you think back to those hard places, there is now delight. Eventually there will be no more weeping. No more distress. No burning sun without water. No dark nights without morning.
What is the explanation for such a new world? Where do the hard things, the weeping, the sin, and the death GO so that they don’t have control forever?
On the cross on Good Friday, Jesus took all those hard things on himself. And they were so powerful that they killed him. But they were not powerful enough to keep him dead. After Jesus paid the price, God the Father opened the grave and brought him back!
That, dear friends, is why all those hard things can eventually be wiped away. And we get to spend our lives learning what that really means. Even though we still face hard stuff on the way, we know a new creation is being born and we are a part of it.
Remember: God is always in the process of creating, calling you to joy, and delighting in you, his CHILD. Now that is worth celebrating!!!