Shared Frustration and Freedom

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Nature is subject to frustration, but the day is coming when it will be freed from it. When God wraps up human history, he will make a new heaven and a new earth!

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.  Romans 8:20-21 (NIV)

The creation was subjected to frustration when God said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Gen. 3:17). When man sinned, the creation came under the curse. We’re reminded of that every time there is a natural disaster. That’s why the creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

Martyn Lloyd Jones points out that nature is always trying to renew itself and it never succeeds: “Every year nature comes out of the death of winter, promises new life in spring, but then spring leads to summer, summer gives way to the fall, and the fall leads to winter.”  Poor nature! It keeps trying, but it never succeeds.

At Easter we bring out the lilies and daffodils, but here’s the problem: Within a few weeks the daffodils and lilies are in a brown paper bag in the dumpster. Nature is subject to frustration, but the day is coming when it will be freed from it.

The good news of the resurrection is that death has no hold on Jesus Christ. He lives in the power of an endless life and he shares that life with all his children. And the whole creation will be brought into it!  

When God wraps up human history, he will make a new heaven and a new earth, not a different earth. This same planet will be made new. It will be perfectly adapted as the home of righteousness forever.

Think about the chain of events Jesus’ resurrection will bring about! 


 

 

 

 

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