100 The new beginning

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Revelation 21:6.

What sort of stories do you like best? Do you like adventure, excitement and danger? Do you like stories about children or brave heroes or animals? Do you like true stories or ones that are made up?

Do you like sad stories or scary tales? Do you like long stories or short stories? Do you like stories where you can guess what is going to happen or do you prefer surprises?

Do you like a story to have a happy ending? Is your life like that now? Would you like it to be?

 

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The story so far…

Here is John’s fantastic vision of heaven. The old is gone; a new heaven and a new earth will appear. We can look forward to the time when there will be no more death, suffering, crying or pain – and God himself will wipe away all tears…

Now read Revelation 21:1–7 together.

 

What happened next…

John then gives a picture of the “new Jerusalem”. We can’t imagine exactly what this will be, but it’s clear that it’s a beautiful place where God will live with his people. There won’t be anyone who does evil or hurts others there; there won’t be illness or sadness. Instead, God’s people will live in safety with all their needs met. Jesus himself will be the light and we will see God face to face. Jesus is coming back soon and John ends his book by encouraging us to join in his prayer: “Lord Jesus, please come…!”

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 126 together.

 

Did you know…?

New Jerusalem Jesus’ followers will be with him for ever in the new heaven and new earth. When he died on the cross, Jesus broke the power of sin over us. We no longer have to keep on doing the same wrong, hurtful things. Jesus’ blood sets us free. Thanks to Jesus, everything is new.

Message Much of the imagery in Revelation would have been easily understood by the early Christians – but it’s confusing for us and, to be honest, Christians can’t agree on exactly what it means. Don’t try to work out every detail in the visions; think instead of the main themes: Jesus and the future for his people.

 

Try it out

Jesus said that he’d come again. Do you think he will come this week? Sure he could, but do you think he will? Are you expecting him?

Jesus said, “Always be ready because the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him” (Matthew 24:44).

Find out what will happen on the earth and in outer space in 2 Peter 3:10. There will be a whole new world. Read about it in 2 Peter 3:13.

Do you remember what you discovered in Challenge 10? God says, “When I come to bring justice, I will protect you … Everyone will see the difference between those who obey me by doing right and those who reject me by doing wrong” (Malachi 3:17,18 CEV).

 

Talk to God

Think back over the Big Bible Challenge and remember the parts of the Bible that you have been exploring. Is there anything that has changed the way in which you try to live? Tell God what those things are and ask him to help you continue with the challenge of living for him.

 

“Lord God, as I grow older, help me to grow wiser.

And as I grow wiser, help me to grow closer to you.”

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