PASTOR'S PEN: Remnants of Utopia
One of the hardest things to explain in the world is pain and suffering. It seems that the earth abounds with evil and there are constant repercussions of sin which seem to never end. The Bible tells us at the end of Genesis 1 that “God saw all He had made, and it was very good.” Very good? Apparently the world was much different at one point than it is today. There must have been no death or pain or evil to be had at the time. But something changed. Something took the world from perfection to imperfection, from very good to full of wickedness.
In Genesis 3, sin enters into the world. It’s the first time people would disobey God and seek their own glory above His glory. Romans 5 says it this way, “…sin entered the world through one man and death through sin.” Death now comes and pain comes and suffering comes and the evil intentions of the heart come. We see all of this, yet we long for something more. There must be something more.
In fact, all of creation longs for something more: “…the creation waits in eager expectation for the children 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 to freedom and the glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:18-23)
Creation was perfect and very good at one time, but now it is not. We still see remnants of that in the beauty, order and detail of creation. John Lennox describes it like an awe-inspiring cathedral that has been bombed. There are remnants of its beauty still to behold, but the catastrophe that occurred has stripped away much of what was there.
Our world has been bombed by sin, but one day it will be liberated by Christ. Not only the earth itself, but all who know Christ will have their very bodies redeemed. Do you have the certainty that you will be redeemed? Do you know Christ and “wait eagerly for your adoption” in the family of God to be complete? You can be certain. You can have a future with God that is "very good."