Natural disasters, disease, man's inhumanity — all signs that something is wrong with this world. We all know intuitively that this isn't how things should be.
The world knows it, too.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.Jesus came to save us from our sins. His death to pay for our sins was a part of that, but it is not the whole mission. All of creation waits to be saved, to be what it was supposed to be.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves ... groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies (Rom 8:18-27).
That is why, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on "Palm Sunday," critics were told if the disciples didn't worship Jesus "the stones will cry out" (Lk 19:40). The earth itself saw that as the beginning of the end of its bondage.
That work has still not been completed, but we are closer than we have ever been to the day when death and pain will be a memory.
Christ has already triumphed. Now we only wait for the victory lap.
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