It’s natural to get excited for a new year. To look forward and dream about what it could be. Rather than focus on goal setting and milestones, we want to take a moment to look to the big picture of human history.We've collected Bible verses and their context that will help us keep the right perspective as we look forward to 2020. 

1. Hebrews 9:28 - Jesus will return!

We just finished celebrating Christmas - the answer to God’s promise to send a Messiah King and fulfil the promises of the law. But it’s important to remember the promises we have received too. Jesus will return, to save those who are eagerly waiting. 

This verse in context: 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:24-28 

Read the full Chapter here.

2. Ecclesiastes 3:1 - There is a time for everything 

Whatever stage of life stage you are in, whatever God plans for you in 2020, we can be comforted in knowing that we are not the first nor the last to experience this. Nothing is forever. 


The verse in context: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

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3. Set your mind on Jesus - Colossians 3:2 

The verse in context: 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

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4. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring - James 4:14

Verse in context: 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

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5. One day, everyone will know Jesus

Verse in context: Every eye will see him! 

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”

    and “every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him”;

    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”

So shall it be! Amen.

Read the full chapter here. 

6. God has prepared a place for us 


Verse in context: 28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.


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