Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Considerations: A Home Worth Waiting For

The Bible begins with the description of the beautiful paradise God created in which man could begin to take care of the earth. It was full of life. It is the way God wanted man to experience life. The material world and the spiritual world were in harmony.

It then tells us how the ancient serpent, the devil, came in and lured man into sin, ruining the beauty of God’s creation, and bringing death, guilt, shame and fear into the world. People and earth have been deteriorating ever since. The material world and the spiritual world were now in discord.

The Bible then tells us about God’s gift of grace whereby he sent his Son into the world to deliver people out of their sins, to lead us out of darkness and into his wonderful light. Those he brings to faith in Jesus Christ are set free from the prison camp of their sin, but are now strangers living in a foreign land, longing to go home. During this waiting period, God’s children pursue the unity and harmony of God’s Spirit.

Finally, the Bible tells us that there is a new home being prepared for us in heaven, the new paradise that cannot be ruined by sin. Those who have left their sins now, turning back to their Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be delivered from the foreign land of sin then. It will be even better than the beautiful garden God planted in the beginning. While God’s children wait, they sing their harmonious songs of hope.

Now, to help his children wait patiently for that coming day, God leaves us this beautiful prophecy of what is ahead. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.’” (Revelation 21:3) Once again, God’s people will walk with him in the paradise of his presence.

There is much more that could be said about this. For today, accept that Jesus’ coming is worth waiting for, because it will usher in the paradise of the home he is preparing for us, which is worth waiting for.

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