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Jesus Makes Everything New

A couple of weekends ago, our youth group attended a youth conference consisting of several other youth groups in the Vancouver area. The theme for the two-day conference was “Jesus Makes Everything New”. While the conference was full of joy, lots of energy, and fun, to truly appreciate the good news that Jesus is making everything new, we have to properly identify what needs to be made new. Over the conference weekend, I was grateful to witness many students identify and confess their sins to one another while holding onto the promises that Jesus will redeem the broken areas in our lives! This truth that Jesus makes everything new has stuck with me through a week that has not been easy for many in our church family.

If you were with us this past weekend, Pastor Ryan Donovan shared the heavy news of a few close members of our church who unexpectedly passed and others who have been battling life threatening circumstances. This news along with other burdens in our church and events in our world may leave us with questions that feel unanswerable. Why would the Lord allow these things to happen?

In Psalm 77, the psalmist leads a community lament over the pain and suffering in our world. At one point the psalmist cries out:

7Will the Lord spurn forever,
And never again be favorable?
8Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
9Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?

As the psalms act as a model of worship for us, I am grateful to see that God provides space for us to even question his character as we wrestle with pain and suffering. It does not offend the Lord to raise these questions as we grieve the results of sin and seek Him for an answer. The second half of the psalm appeals to the character of the Lord and assures the reader the Lord has always been good.

In times like this, we are in greater desperation to be reminded of the character of our God. We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we serve the God who humbled Himself and entered our own form. How sweet is the promise from Revelation 21:4-5:

4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new!”

Jacob Abrahamson
Youth Pastor

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