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Pastor Rob Rogers was born in Seattle Washington. He has a B.A. in Communication from Concordia University, Austin, TX and a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. READ MORE >>

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Cantate [SING] Easter 5 – May 15, 2022
Text:            Rev. 21:1-7
Theme:         “That New Faith Smell!”


We like “new” stuff, don’t we?  Newly elected officials always promise new ideas and new ways of doing things? Change is the buzz word in an election year.  We all love that “new car” smell.  We like it so much that they have an air freshener that is supposed to create that “new car” smell.  I hung it in my ’02 LeSabre but it still doesn’t smell very new.  New clothes make us feel good and smell really good too.  Every prisoner wants a new trial.  Products are never advertised as the same old thing, but rather; they are new and improved!

        The problem is that what we call “new” is really just a rehashing of the same old thing because we are not capable of real creation.  Did you ever think of that?  Only God can truly create, that is make something out of nothing.  All we can do is reformat old matter into new shapes but it’s still the same old stuff with a different presentation. 

Take meatloaf as an example. Meatloaf has a bad reputation sometimes because it is so easily recycled.  When I was a kid, we would often have meat loaf on Sunday.  I loved my mom’s meatloaf but then the meat in the chili on Monday looked suspiciously like broken up bits of meatloaf, and, strangely, on Tuesday, Mom’s famous North Carolina Beef Hash tasted an awful lot like her meatloaf.  Mom could change the shape of things but I still knew that I was getting Sunday’s meatloaf on Tuesday.  Just because you change the shape does not mean that you have created something new.

        Only God can create something new and that is exactly what he promises in Revelation today.  He promises,   

“Behold, I am making all things new!”  What does that mean to you?  Do you hear this promise and think,

“Oh, that’s nice. I need to remember to get milk at the store for cereal tomorrow morning and I wonder if the price of gas at Costco is worth going down to 22nd.”  I think that we become very apathetic about God’s most amazing promises because familiarity breeds contempt.  We hear his promises so much that we forget what they mean for us because the gratification is not immediate.

God is the God of balance: day and night, male and female, land and water.  One of our biggest challenges is for us to find balance in our lives.  But the reality is, no matter how much we learn and grow, life will always be a constant challenge because all we can do is shift stuff around.  We cannot create the solution to the problem with this world, which is sin. So, because we like immediate gratification, we just hurry up and shift pile A into pile B and call it good.  We don’t like to work to learn what God is teaching us in the struggle or to understand how God’s promises change our lives.  We just want things to be better, faster, easier.

So, for example.  We recognize that we have poverty in our community.  What’s the simple solution?  All of us pool our abundance and give what we have too much of to the person who doesn’t have enough.  Just redistribute the resources.  Simple!  Ask North Korea how that plan has worked for them.  When sin is part of the equation, no solution is that simple.  If there is no motivation to work, how long will it take for human beings to stop being productive?  If there is no incentive to achieve, how long will human beings strive?  How long can a human being live on handouts before he begins to cease to be grateful and begins feeling entitled to it?  We can move stuff around but we still have a broken world because we still have sin.  We can call it North Carolina Beef Hash but it is still Sunday’s meatloaf on Tuesday.  The joy is not in moving stuff around to hurry up and solve the problem. The joy is in growing through the problems of life and coming closer to God.

Our joy, as Christians, comes not from the idea that we are going to be able to fix the world.  We should know that we can rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic all day long but she is still going to sink. We can move stuff around to change the shape of things but we never change the real substance.  At our very best, we can only hold old, broken stuff together with string and bubblegum and occasionally clean things up a bit so that they sparkle a little.  But, in Revelation, Jesus promises that when he returns everything will be new. 

New is better than fixed, and that is why we have such joy.  We may be eating hash today but we are looking forward to the Lord’s return, and he is bringing filet mignon and King Crab legs with him.

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He 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.”

The dwelling place of God is with us.  He is in us now but on that last day, all of this will pass away and everything will be new.  The creator will create a new and holy and perfect world where we will spend eternity with him experiencing joy we cannot even imagine.  We will be new and perfect and holy people and life will be as he intended it to be in the Garden of Eden.  So, today it’s still Tuesday.  Just eat your hash and be thankful.  Sunday is coming and He's coming with filet mignon and King Crab legs.