That New Car Smell

new car smellHave you ever bought a new car? Growing up, my family always bought used vehicles. A few years ago, however, my wife and I bought our first new car – a van. That was fun. It had that new car smell. It was shiny and clean. We drove out of the dealership with big smiles on our faces, vowing to keep it shiny and clean.

Suffice it to say, our van no longer has that new car smell. It has dents and dings and scratches. Our kids have spilled every liquid known to mankind on the interior.

New cars don’t stay new very long. Nothing in this world does. Our clothes wear out. Our socks get holes in them. Our lawn mowers break down.

Our bodies get old. Though for some reason no one will feel sorry for me, I just turned 41 last week. And I’m feeling it. My body doesn’t quite respond the way it used to. It has its dings and dents and scratches. It definitely doesn’t have that new car smell.

If you have a chance this week, read Revelation 21. There God gave the Apostle John a glimpse of heaven. In heaven, God will make everything new, including our bodies.

Do you ever watch those shows on The History Channel about people who find and restore antiques? They take rusty, dirty pieces of junk and make them look like brand new. That is what will happen to us. When Jesus comes in the end of the world, he will raise our bodies and make them new and perfect and glorious. Never again will we hurt. Never again will we get sick. Never again will we grow old.

Oh, and God will be there. I know. That’s not new. He’s here with us right now, but in heaven it will be new because we will be able to see him. We will be able to talk to him face to face. We will see his glory in its fullness. There we will be reunited with our loved ones who have died in Christ. There our broken and strained relationships from here on earth will be given a new beginning.

How can I be so sure? Because God told John, “It is done” (Revelation 21:6). Jesus said something similar as he hung from the cross: “It is finished.”

Perfection is the price of heaven. Jesus came and paid that price by living a perfect life in your place. Then, with his death on the cross, he paid the debt for your millions of sins. He suffered God’s punishment for your jealousy and pride, for those ugly words you said and ugly things you thought. On that cross, Jesus paid the price and then said, “It is finished.” It is done. It is paid for.

God’s promise to every sinner, including you and me, is the promise of heaven. As we struggle with relationships gone bad, as we deal with cancer and pain and death, as our cars and homes and bodies grow old, the promise of heaven gives us peace and confidence.

Trust God’s promise. Because of Jesus, one day God will take you home to heaven. There you will live where nothing ever wears out or grows old. There you will smell that new car smell forever.

 

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