Lord’s Day Preparation—Talk Of & Meditate on the Things Being Made New

We need rest from the talk of the world. The Lord’s Day is a day set apart to talk of another world or at least of things related to a world being made new beginning with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. David Brainerd wrote in his journal the following,

“In the morning, was again distressed as soon as I walked, hearing much talk about the world and the things of it. Though I perceived the men were in some measure afraid of me, and I discoursed about sanctifying the Sabbath if possible, to solemnise their minds; yet, when they were a little distance, they again talked freely about their secular affairs. O, I thought, what a hell it would be to live with such men to eternity!” (Lord’s Day, April 17 entry, p.101)

The apostle John wrote:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “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.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.””

(Revelation 21:1–5 ESV)

Leon Morris in The Tyndale New Testament Commentary says this,

“the present tense is used and it is worth reflecting that God continually makes things new here and now (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:16–18; 5:16–17; Col. 3:1–4; etc.)”

As a New Testament scholar he recognizes that the apostle John’s words were for encouragement of the little church in the world. He says on v.3,

“John has in mind that there is already a sense in which God’s people experience the heavenly city. It is this that is their bliss in the presence of a multitude of earthly distractions and difficulties. And this of which they now experience a foretaste (and which is expressed in the idea of Jerusalem) will be perfectly realized hereafter. Heaven will, so to speak, come down to earth. John saw the city beautifully dressed for her husband (cf. Isa. 61:10). A young lady is apt to be thoroughly prepared and looking her best on the day of her wedding. So with those who constitute ‘the bride’ of Christ.”

I conclude from all of this that the Lord’s Day should be taken up for our joy in God by talking of the things being made new. What are such things? They are at least this: God transforming our lives. God hearing our prayers. The Son of God ruling from heaven. The Spirit of God working in the world. Let us study God in His Word and talk of God’s work in His world.

Set our minds on noble things and let our conversation, dear Lord, be accordingly, amen.

Concerning a portion of our text for Sunday, one commentator notes of it,

“Paul endures afflictions in the present visible world by keeping before him the glories of the yet unseen world.” (TNTC)

This is so we do not lose heart.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

(2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV)