Easter … and the Future

Easter is Wonderful News for the future of all Creation

Climb a mountain, swim a river, catch a fish, walk amidst and smell a rose garden, pick and eat some fresh vegetables, feed the ducks in the park, pat a dog, marvel at the movement of a kangaroo or an emu, and even observe a lumbering elephant, prowling lion or leaf-eating giraffe (from a distance), and you will probably have a great time.

Attend a wedding, have a hit of tennis, laugh with a child, or have a good yarn with an old mate, and you might even think: “it’s a good world to live in”.

There is an essential unity and harmony within creation itself. God has made it this way. It reflects His love. Creation is a most amazing, magnificent place. There is a fascinating integral relationship between animals, plants and human beings – and their Maker.

There is however much anger and pessimism about where life and the creation is all headed. Even amidst incredible technological advances, most people just think the planet and the human race is just dying and getting worse. To many, there is no ultimate hope. Disease and violence, corruption and bitterness abound. True.

But there is another part of the story, we must not miss!
To miss this, would be – hell. To miss this brings despair.
Just because human beings have wrongly treated each other. And just because the birds, animals, land, rivers, plants – indeed the whole of creation – have been mistreated, used and abused, this is not the end of the story.

The darkness and horror of death and the futility of weakness and decay is not the end of the story. Not at all.
That is the message of Easter.

Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead. As a man, he lives!

The significance of this is the big message of Easter!
It is such a big message, it takes a long time to tell.
So I will have to spell it out in short, packed sentences.
All this truth is spelled out in the pages of the Bible.

In Jesus death and resurrection, all things have been reconciled. (It will take the eyes of faith to see that).

In him, and his resurrection, there is great hope for all creation. That is the incredible news – it is what God always planned to do. Forgiveness then, is a crucial part his plan as the gracious faithful Creator.

The entire pain and suffering and disunity of creation, has always been under God’s greater plan and control. He has determined to show His grace to the world – amidst all the pain and evil. He floods forgiveness and healing as gifts.

The crucifixion of Jesus – was more than just a crucifixion of a good, innocent man. It was much more than just a way for “me” to get to heaven. Though it was that! And was necessary too! And it was much more than the plan of God to save human beings – though it was that.

It was a cosmic dealing with evil. A cosmic change!
It was the central event in the history of the world.
It was the plan of God before the foundation of the world.

Peter, the former fisherman, and then follower of Jesus, tells us to entrust our souls “to a faithful Creator” (1Peter 4:19). God is not just adjusting things that have gone astray, but is fulfilling his plan which he always had for Creation. That plan was that all should be beautifully glorified.

God was always the Redeemer (Isaiah 63:16), from eternity. He planned to redeem all creation! He is not the Creator and the Redeemer and Father. But He is Creator-Redeemer-Father. He does not trash his handiwork.

Psalm 33:5 says “the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord”. God loves the whole world – all the creatures, people and creation. God so loved the whole world that he sent his only Son to save it (John 3:16).
The whole Creation has a great hope.
Read this insight of Paul’s. Paul met the Risen Jesus!
Read it line by line.
Read it very thoughtfully. He says:

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were 1 saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience (Romans 8:18-25).

All of Paul’s insight is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of his understanding of the renewal of creation is based on the resurrection of Jesus.

All of the hope of the world lies within the faithfulness of our God, who reveals his plan to us, and expects us to hope in Him. Present futility presses us to real hope – in Christ.

We can know the Father, by His Spirit within, this Easter.
We can be assured of our standing with Him, through the renewed relationship we are given in the person of Jesus.
All creation – in its own way – bears witness to this deep message.

Jesus said “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap… yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? …. But seek first for the kingdom of God. So do not worry…..” (Matt. 6:26).
Christ is Risen. All things are destined for unity in Him.

… listening to an MP3 on this topic, ‘The Redemption of Creation‘ may prove helpful.

Cheers!

2 responses

2 08 2013
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8 02 2014
Trevor

Further to this, my friend and mentor, Dr. Geoffrey Bingham, has written:

“When we ask why it should be said that creation is primary, the answer must be, ‘If creation fails, then God fails’, in which case He does not prove to be ‘a faithful Creator’. In a myriad of ways God would be less than His word claims Him to be. No matter what element of Scripture we read, it will always have to do with creation, at least in the last analysis. It is simple enough to see that the Scriptures commence with an account of creation and close with an account of the new creation, but does that have to be significant? Conceivably it could mean that God had failed with His initial creation —called ‘the old creation’ by contrast with the new—and had to start again. If creation fails, then all has failed: God has failed. Making a new and different creation is not the sign of God’s success but of His failure. Indeed a new creation has no guarantee, either, that it will succeed. If the work of redemption is a corrective and an aid to initial creation, then that is not good enough: creation would still prove to be defective if it were to fail. It must succeed. Those who see redemption as a ‘repair job’ of God, as though an afterthought—an expediency to meet a contingency—have missed the point. Either redemption is incorporated into God’s plan prior to creation—having creation in view—or creation has failed.”

from – Creation and the Liberating Glory, G. C. Bingham.

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