Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Redemption of the Earth

It is spring-time in NE Ohio. Trees are blooming. Grass is growing. Flowers are budding. Creation looks amazing. This picture is part of our backyard. The flowers on this tree are amazingly beautiful. Whenever I look at them each morning, I am reminded of the incredible creativity of our Creator.

But there is something else that is growing during this time of the year. Weeds. And lots of them. They are everywhere. Thistles. Thorns. Dandelions. No matter what we do, they keep sprouting up everywhere in our yard and flowerbeds. Whenever I look at these weeds, I am reminded of the devastating results of sin. 

This is not what God originally designed. It is a result of the sin of Adam. In Genesis 3:17-19, God gives Adam the bad news of the consequences of his sin. God says,
"Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Sin was so devastating that the creation was even affected. But there is hope. We have hope. Because of what Jesus accomplished; His resurrection securing victory over sin and death, we have the possibility to be redeemed. Those that trust in Jesus will be raised from the dead and given a glorified body. We will be restored. But note this: So will the creation! That is what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:20-22:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now." 
Yesterday, I was reading Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. Ponder these words that he writes in connection with the redemption of the earth:
"In this renewed creation, there will be no more thorns or thistles, no more floods or droughts, no more deserts or uninhabitable jungles, no more earthquakes or tornadoes, no more poisonous snakes or bees that sting or mushrooms that kill. There will be a productive earth, an earth that will blossom and produce food abundantly for our enjoyment." (836)
And so the next time you pull a weed, think about redemption. The next time you spray Roundup on your flowerbeds, think about glory. The next time you have to cut down a tree because it has died, consider eternity. It's all going to change . . . someday!

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