“All Things New” Sunday School Lesson – Revelation 21:1-8

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“All Things New”

Revelation 21:1-8

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Introduction:

The world we live in, with its entire chaotic goings on, should make a soul crave a better future.  Let’s face it; the future is something we often think about for our life here on earth of how we can make things new and better for our functionality to be more productive and restful at the same time.

For instance, by the time I grew I imagined myself with a robot to do all my work and flying saucers speeding me off to another day at work, thanks to certain Saturday morning cartoons.

While the cartoons we watched let our imagination roam into the possibility of what could be, how wonderful would it be to actually be able to view one’s future through a pair of spiritual spectacles and see all of the if’s, and’s and but’s of what will be.  To have questions of the unknown be made known.

That’s what John gives us in this lesson.  He opens our eyes to what God is going to do in our future.  His eyes were opened while on the island of Patmos during exile and God showed him wondrous things.  His job was to then in turn write those visions and prophecies down so that people suffering for their faith then and for those of us now who are striving to press on can read the record of what will be; of exactly how God is going to do away with all this old stuff of this world and make all things new.

While we may not have all the questions answered (for that would annul the trust and faith we are characterized to live by) about our future, take to heart these glimpses God gave to His people of what will come to pass; promises that one can stand on and look toward despite the tragedies that lie before them now.

These promises give us and they hope to hold on to when the world seems to be unraveling and spinning out of control.  What is now will not always be.

Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” 

Delving into the visions of John the glorious begins to come to light before us and through his eyes we see the beautiful things that God has in store for His people up ahead into eternity.

Let’s take our minds back to remember what He did in the past in Genesis where we see how everything came to be in the first place.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and everything He created was good (Gen. 1).  Good enough to go on as He made it to.  Good enough to live in and support life.  It was good!  It was excellent!  It was the way God purposed everything to be!

Alas, sin entered into this world and the good became bad and the beauty turned ugly and because of that all “creation groaneth and travaileth in pain,” (Rom. 8:22, KJV).  Creation is tired of sin.  It wants things back to the status of being “good.”  It wants to enjoy the way it was created in the beginning.

Here in this verse John unveils a message of hope and brings assurance that one day creation will get its wish.  There is coming a day when the curse of humanity’s sin will be lifted and “all things become new,” (2 Cor. 5:17, KJV).  God does away with the former “for the first heaven and the first earth” that were tarnished by the ravages of sin “were passed away” and John sees the “new.”

When we are speaking of “new” we are not talking about being re-created or refurbished, but absolutely brand spanking “new.”  When it comes to full fruition of its appearing, it’s something that just at that time is brought into existence and manifested.  Never has it been tread upon.  Never has it been soiled.  It can be compared to no other because it is “new.”

The idea of a “new heaven and a new earth” should not be a strange concept for the Christian.  As a matter of fact, it’s what we’re banking on.  It’s what we’re looking forward to.  The Bible tells us, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness,” (2 Pet. 3:13).  It is what we have been holding onto and “being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform,” (Rom. 4:21, KJV).

The beauty, the pureness and the holiness of this new place will usurp any preconceived notions or ideas we may have had regarding it.  It’s going to be so glorious that we couldn’t remember or come to mind what we left behind even if we wanted to (see Isaiah 65:17).

The wording in the language used here reminds us of what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 in regard to our own personal newness of salvation we have in Christ.  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  New creatures need a new habitat.  Some place that’s not like the old world they left behind.

With that, God’s creation powers go back to work and He makes something new.  In this new, you may also recognize the absence of the “sea” whose oftentimes violent nature and unpredictable torrents have no place where God establishes our future dwelling.  Everything about our heavenly home speaks of peace and anything opposite that will be gone.

Revelation 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Way back in Isaiah God spoke a prophesy concerning Jerusalem saying, “I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people . . .” (65:19).  At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, Jerusalem was not on God’s nice list.  All the judgments that Isaiah had to prophesy against His people leaves a record that God was not too pleased with them.  But, when God opens up our future to John on the island of Patmos, another one of the beautiful things he sees is that “holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.”  This is the true city of God (see Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 3:12).

Throughout history Jerusalem has had a prominent place in the hearts, minds, and lives of those who are called God’s people.  In our blessed future, we the redeemed, who have now become heirs of this glorious inheritance as God’s children, will know the “new Jerusalem” as our heavenly city wherein we will dwell for all eternity.

And she is beautiful, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  Once all the plans have been made and people are in attendance, when it comes to a wedding all eyes eventually wait in anticipation and wonder to see the bride.  She is literally a vision of loveliness and when she walks down the aisle she is the center of attention.  It’s her day!

When that glorious new city of our future habitation comes down the anticipation gets satisfied and we feast with our eyes her beauty.  She is the true holy city without blemish, spot, or wrinkle.  She is the perfect place anyone could ever hope to reside in.  She is matchless in her splendor and glory and God sends her down, radiating all her brilliant holy light for those who inherit her as a promise.  God has specially made and built this city for all those in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

There, we shall be in the presence of God like never before.  God has always desired a relationship with man where He and He only is identified as “their God,” (see Gen. 17:8; Lev. 26:12; Jer. 7:23; Eze. 37:27, and many, many more).  Not only that, His heart’s longing has always been to be near His people; to be where they are. In Exodus 29:45 He stated, “And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.”  But, He can’t reside in unsanctified hearts and lives.  Since the beginning of history sin has corrupted and interrupted complete fellowship in our love relationship with God.  But, when God makes all things new we see the culmination of complete restoration known as “God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”  And not just with Israel, but with all that believe.  God is where we are in that place!  The word AWESOME can’t begin to describe what that will be like – but, He’s there with us!!!  Hallelujah!!!

In the Old Testament worship was designed around a portable “tabernacle” where people would gather worship and that tabernacle only knew partially what it would be like to be engulfed in the presence of God when God’s glory filled the place (see Exodus 40:34-35).  And then later, we see the Temple built as a more permanent structure.

But, when God makes all things new, the Tabernacle there is as permanent as anything could ever be.  It’s eternal in nature and it fully, with nothing coming between us and He has God’s presence dwelling there.  Think if you will of all the things now that step in the middle of our relationship with God (spiritual and natural).  There, none of that will exist.  There will be no barriers.  There will be no obstacles of faith.  All will be fulfilled.  All will be new.  Moses, in his day just viewed the back of God’s glory with God’s handing covering him for protection (see Exodus 23:23), but there, in that place, there will be no need for a covering hand as we bask in the full glory of His presence.

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Your tears matter so much to God that we have a foretold promise of having them “all wiped away.”  In order to do that, every sorrow, pain, brokenness, sin, enemy, hostilities, evil workers, sickness, etc., all had to be cast from the face of His redeemed ones.

What makes you cry today: “death  . . . sorrow . . . pain,” will be no more.  Nothing that causes unhappy emotions exist – they won’t be allowed to enter into that place.  “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life,” (Rev. 21:27, KJV).   Nothing or nobody that’s not like Him will be allowed (discussed more in verse 8).  The only people that are going to be there with the Lord are people who are saved and written “in the Lamb’s book of life.”  (This would be a great time to present the case for salvation to your students).

In this day of ours, tears may be your meat day and night (see Psalm 42:3) and they may be remembered and recorded as precious cries in a bottle (Psalm 56:8), but all vestiges of sorrow will be humbled before the Divine.  No evidence left; no, not a trace, of what once afflicted your soul when He comes with His loving touch and brushes them all away.  It won’t be in the new!!!

“For the former things are passed away.”  Everything associated with the old way of things during this life are gone!  No matter what you have to face today!  No matter the place you are in right now!  No matter the discouragement, heartache and upsets through this present sufferings; one moment in heaven is going to pay for it all.  One moment there with Him will cancel it all out.  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9.  All the bad stuff is gone for good!

Revelation 21:5 “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

God, the Creator of the universe, the Sovereign King of Majesty, is sitting on the “throne” (see Revelation 20:11), and from there He speaks and He says, “Behold . . .”  What He is about to reveal requires one to pay careful attention.

How many times have we missed out because we have failed to pay enough attention when God brings a “behold” moment in our lives?  It may not be the audible sounding from the throne that John is hearing in this revelation, but there are many instances and times when God has tried to garner the attention of His people that He might show them something significant.

Here, what He wants John to specifically note is “I make all things new.”  Earlier in our lesson it was pointed out there will be a new heaven and a new earth, (vs. 1), but here we see with the word “all” that nothing will be left untouched by the hand of His creative glory.  As a child with playdough smashes down the old mold and sets about to design the new, so God has, as already stated, done away with the old that everything will be blessed with newness.  There we will step into a world of model perfection at last.

“Write: for these words are faithful and true.”  The command to “write” speaks of the importance and the significance of the above statement being recorded for the people then and for future posterity (i.e. people like us now who are future generations of the faithful that believe).

“These words are faithful and true” mean they are words that we can take comfort in knowing they will come to pass because God Himself is the one who spoke the promises thereof.  Our hope and our belief in all the fulfilling of what He said will come to pass in our future home in heaven when He makes all things new will absolutely, unequivocally, positively happen.  Nothing will hinder what He spoke from manifesting itself in that time to come.

Revelation 21:6 “And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

Another thing God speaks from the throne is, “It is done.”  In the Bible we read and are assured of, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).  God’s spoken word will not stop until it has completed what it was commanded to do.  In another area of Scripture we see God says, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips,” (Ps. 89:34).  Numbers 23:19 comforts us by saying, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”  God doesn’t lie!  He makes good on His promises!  It shall be “done!”

“I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”  God has always promise to fill the sincerely seeking soul.  ““Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled,” (Matthew 5:6) Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.  God will satisfy and quench the thirst of the world parched soul that comes to Him.  He said in Isaiah, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price,” (55:1).

Jesus taught, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,” (John 7:38).  The call to salvation had gone out and God gratifies freely, without restrictions, that thirsty soul that has believed (see also Psalm 36:8-9).

He can do this because He is, “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”  He was, is, and always will be (see Revelation 1:8).  With “Alpha and Omega” representing the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, God is emphatically stating His sovereignty as He is the One that has been before the world began and will continue to past its completion.  He spoke in Isaiah declaring, “I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he,” (41:4; emphasis mine).  There is not a point of reference where man can point to that states the beginning of God’s existence.  He just always was and is and there will never be a time when He is not.  Therefore, He is more than capable of declaring His word and bringing it to pass as well.

Revelation 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

There is a prerequisite for those wishing to obtain the glories that lie up ahead.  That one must be “he that overcometh.”  An overcomer is the one that has not bowed down under the pressure to give up; the one that held on to his/her faith refusing to let go for dear life.  “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5).

Heaven, and “all things” concerning the promises of God can be yours if “endure unto the end,” (Mark 13:13)!  To the one whose faith march refuses to come to a halt He says, “Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city,” (Hebrews 11:16).

He will be our “God” and we shall be His “son” (children)!  How awesome is that?  Again, when one accepts their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and lives this life for God, they are made sons of God, His children, and as such are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17; see also John 1:12), and “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith,” (1 John 5).  There is victory in sonship!

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” 

Those doors to our future heavenly home will not open and allow everybody in.  Once Jesus taught:

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity,” (Luke 13:24-27; see also The Parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13).

There are a lot of people who say they desire to enter the doors of heaven but live lifestyles that are rebellious to this higher calling.  These, as those noted in the above verse, will be cast out from His presence to enter into the “second death.”  They will not be inheritors of that heavenly kingdom.

There WILL NOT be a party going on in the “lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” as some suppose.  The danger of deception and missing out is real; it is the condemnation to spend eternity in punishment and separated completely from God.  The repercussions to one’s life’s decisions will be felt one way or the other.  And, it will be for all eternity that one lives with that decision.

Conclusion:

Strive to enter the straight gate where God has made all things new.

Standard Print PDF: All Things New Sunday School Lesson Standard Print

Large Print PDF: All Things New Sunday School Lesson Large Print

Below are activities to support this week’s lesson.  Enjoy!

Word Search: All Things New Word Search  Answers: All Things Word Search Answers

Crossword: All Things New Crossword  Answers: All Things New Crossword Answers

Word Scramble: All Things New Word Scramble  Answers: All Things New Word Scramble Answers

Coloring Sheet: All Things New Coloring Sheet (Color using any medium or give crayons a break and try something new such as painting with Q-tips.It adds a new dimension to your students projects (you still may want to do the verse itself with crayons/markers/colored pencils because it’s a little difficult with Q-tips).  What a fun way to do a coloring sheet!  For stability and a splash of additional color, I first glued the coloring sheet to construction paper, but cardstock works great too.  Enjoy!)

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Memory Verse: All Things New Memory Verse

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Draw the Scene: All Things New Draw the Scene

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Below are Activities/Resources/Links to support this week’s lesson.  Enjoy!

“Heaven is Awesome”

“Turn It Over: A Bible Activity Based on Revelation 21:4”

“Heaven Lesson Bible Plan w/ tons of activities and crafts”

“Heaven” Ideas/Lesson from Ministry to Children

“Heaven” Ideas from Mssscrafts.com (several great ideas to choose from)

“Revelation 21 Coloring Page”

“Bible Lesson Activities about Heaven” (I particularly like the “John Wrote About Heaven Bible Craft.”  Enjoy!) 

“Being in Heaven”

“Heaven is God’s Home” Coloring Page from Lessons4sundayschool.com

“Heaven, Revelation 21″ Coloring Page from Calvarywilliamsport 

“Heaven” Coloring Page from Hellokids.com

“New Heavens and a New Earth”

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