My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The eventual healing of all things
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
(Mark 16:15 NASB)
Here in Mark we find another version of the Great Commission which
we typically quote from Matthew. Mark's commission brings us an
understanding that God's intent through Jesus Christ is that all of
creation will be healed. In John 3:16 we are reminded that God so loved
the "world." With the arrival of sin on earth a process of corruption
and decay which has affected all of God's creation. The disciples were
to go out and preach the good news of Jesus Christ -- salvation to the
lost, baptizing them -- and helping to usher in a new era of the kingdom
which stretches to all of God's creation.
The corruption of this world goes far beyond the acts of humanity.
The decay has touched all things and therefore we have terrible storms,
earthquakes, diseases and more. As time continues it seems that there
are more and more issues of decay which arise. However, in the midst of
the decay, there is the hope of restoration. We are being drawn toward
a trajectory in which there will be the eventual healing of all things,
of all creation. The first thing to be restored is humanity's
relationship with God! That is possible in the here and now and when
that relationship is healed, then the kingdom begins to break into this
earthly sphere. Those who are citizens of the new kingdom bring with
them a little piece of the kingdom which is to come and as they touch
the world around them, God's healing begins to occur. Complete and
total healing will come in the end when there is a new heaven and a new
earth, but until then there is this hope which comes through faithful
members of the kingdom.
Jesus was challenging his followers to be responsible members of the
kingdom. We are to be responsible members as well and we are to take
the healing touch of the kingdom out into a world that is struggling and
needy. This week the terrible storm Sandy hit the East Coast of the
United States and people are suffering. Citizens of the kingdom must
immediately ask themselves how they can respond and become involved in
helping to bring the healing of the kingdom to those who are suffering
from the effects of a corrupted creation. This is what kingdom citizens
do! Mark was encouraging us to understand that preaching the good news
about Jesus meant that we were to help bring healing to all things, and
this would be a little premonition of the hope of God's future. The
challenge for each of us is to be faithful citizens of God's kingdom,
preaching the good news on a daily basis as we journey through and touch
this corrupted world, heading into the future healing of all things.
Lord, please help me to be a good kingdom citizen today! Amen.