Posted by: peebles | June 25, 2010

Revelation 21:5 (KJV) ~ 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.

Revelation 21:5 (KJV) ~ 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.  

Vincent van Gogh, for whom colour was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. Van Gogh spent his early life working for a firm of art dealers. Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided to become an artist, Van Gogh had two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully as a clerk in a bookstore, and then on to an art salesman. After a brief spell as a teacher, he became a missionary worker in a very poor mining region. He was the son of a pastor, and was brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, and a preacher in the Borinage, a dreary mining district in Belgium, where he was dismissed for over zealousness. I often wonder: what if the people, who dismissed his over zealousness for the things of the Kingdom, had instead encouraged him to go on for God? 

Give a painter like Vincent van Gogh a blank canvass and he will create a masterpiece of such magnificent beauty. In fact, in recent years, in one of his original paintings there was found to be pencil marks to a picture underneath the paint, a work that had no resemblance to the masterpiece that the world sees now.

Everyone at one time was a blank canvass, until the pencil marks of sin stained the white background. However, when you give your life to Jesus, the Author of your Salvation, He will wiped away everything, every stain, every soiled crimson red mark and made them white as snow.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe,

Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow. 

As our text for today says in Revelation 21:5 (KJV), “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 can and will make all things new for you. Your life, your canvass that everyone looks onto, will, by the grace of God, be filled with His beauty, coloured with Life, by the brush strokes of grace, mercy and His tender-loving kindness. 

My friend, underneath on your canvass are the pencil marks of a forgiven past; faded footprints of an old life that no longer has any hold over you, because now you are a masterpiece before the eyes of the Lord. Like a royal jewel in the crown, a diadem of such magnificent beauty, created by the hand of Master Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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