There is so much brokenness in the world. You can see glimpses of the fall everywhere. You can see big and large scale manifestations in quite a many places without having to look too hard either. Your own life and your own immediate context might even clue you into this. This beautiful world, filled with beautiful people oozes pain, and hurt and suffering. Yet, even if we could provide ways for all the peoples of the world to have food; sustainable, long lasting, ongoing sustenance. Even if we could cure, immunize and prevent all disease and sickness in the world. Even if we could protect ourselves from all natural disasters; hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.
Even if we could learn to be morally upright people, and quit doing things that were against nature, and the natural order of things. Even if we quit doing violence against other in the name of power and greed all other reasons, and didn’t fix the biggest problem, what use would it be? There is something beyond this world the way it is right now. And the brokenness is meant to wake us up to that fact. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope” (Romans 8:20) If we could fix all the symptoms of what is wrong, even the grand scale symptoms and it did not lead us to fixing the root issue - that is, our broken relationship with God, then what? The hope that God subjected the world to, was a hope that it would lead us to Jesus Christ. To a hope that would lead us to a mended relationship with God. And mended relationship based on God’s justice, God’s mercy, God’s love, all found in Jesus Christ. Friends, to be temporarily full, fat, happy and morally upstanding on the outside, yet to still be estranged from God would be pitiful. It would be like dancing, and singing on your way to the gallows pole. Or having a filet mignon every day on death row, waiting for the electric chair. Except on a much bigger scale and grander scale. We are talking about eternal, never ending, forever death. All of our biggest problem’s, every last one of us, is we are born under a curse; conceived in sin. (Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5) We all come into this world under the wrath of God, that is, his righteous anger against sin is against us. We are against him, it is in our very nature, and he is against us. (John 3:36, Romans 5:10) This is our default setting in the world, the way it is now. The world is under a curse. The world is under judgement. In fact, all of creation, every created thing, the whole world is under this curse. This is not too hard to see. We are our own worst enemies. Nature fights against itself and against us. Ever since sin came into the world, life is hard. There is turmoil. There is strife. There is struggle. And this is a good thing. Why? Because the world is not the way it is meant to be and if we could not see that, I dare say, no one would ever see their need for God. So there is hope, because we do see there is a need. And there is hope because God does have a plan. He does have a plan. And therefore we do have a message. There is a cure for the curse. It’s God’s cure. His remedy. It’s the gospel. There is beauty amidst the pain. The judgement upon the world is not final judgement. God pronounced judgement, a curse upon the world in Genesis 3:15 but amidst the sentence of judgement, also came, in the very same breath, came a promise of hope and redemption, and salvation. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” (Romans 16:20) There is something worse than the physical, mental and emotional problems we see right now. They are but pointers to our eternal and most significant problem. Let us not waste the pointer. Let us turn from trusting in ourselves, our self made ways, and self made Gods, filled with self made cures and turn to the one true living God. Think about this: If the world is the way it is right now because man has turned their back on God. Can you imagine what it will be like when God fully and finally turns his back on man. Don’t be that person. If suffering here on earth is so bad. Can you imagine what eternal suffering will be like? Suffering can ultimately be explained as being cut off from all of God’s, good and right and beautiful attributes, like his love, his grace, his mercy and so on and so forth. Not that all of attributes are not beautiful but you know what I am saying. His wrath might be beautiful too the redeemed, but not to those who are experiencing it for all of eternity. And so for now, there is mercy and grace and hope intermingled and mixed with all the suffering we see. God is not done dealing with us. He hasn’t left us to ourselves. There is a purpose. And ultimately those purposes are eternal. Eternal suffering or eternal salvation. Your choice. Though, don’t think that choice is a mere accident. For those who do turn to Jesus Christ, know that, everything you go through in your path to following him and trusting in him. All of the highs and all of the lows, will be worth it all. the Bible says, “this present affliction is worth comparing to the future glory” And for those who do not turn to Jesus, but remain in their rebellion, know that, everything you experience here, no matter how great it is, will not be worth it. There is joy to be had, even in the midst of water brokenness we find ourselves in right now, big or small. His name is Jesus Christ. And I am telling you, whatever joy, and there is immense joy, that we have in him right now, if we have surrendered to him, is indeed, very light in comparison, compared to that great day that all of history is pointing to when all things will be made right. There is a great day coming when the gospel will fully and finally have done it’s work. Get ready for that day. Get in Jesus Christ. Be about that day. Live for that day, everyday. Live, eat, and breath the gospel, it is the hope of the world. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)