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Reflections of Our Savior

January 2016

 

 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  [Revelation 21:1-4 NIV84]

Dear members and friends of Our Savior:

     As I write this the temperature is nearly 60 degrees and it’s been raining off and on, with more on the way. No, I didn’t write this way back in April or May. It’s December 23rd! Really! (December 30th update: Today the weather news reports that the North Pole is expecting above freezing temperatures for only the second time recorded in December/January since weather statistics have been kept.)

What gives? Climate change? Global warming? I’ll not use this space to put forth an opinion on stuff beyond the scope of my work (and only reveal my ignorance). In other words, I’ll stay out of science, and stick with God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures.

Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter 8 that even creation itself is subject to frustration and in bondage to decay, waiting to be liberated along with the children of God. In other words, our world is dying and has been dying since sin came into the world. What the Bible says is true, and the condition of this world provides observable evidence: we and this world of ours are not evolving, but devolving and becoming more and more prone to the effects of mankind’s sinful nature. We see the decay all around us on this dying planet.

When we look at the way sinful mankind has polluted this world and is gradually destroying the beautiful natural resources that God has blessed us with, we should not be surprised at climate change, or even global warming, if that’s what it is. We should not be surprised that the old order of things, along with this physical world, is passing away.

On the other hand, what we should really marvel at, and give thanks for, is that our merciful and generous God continues to sustain this evil world so that more can hear about the Savior. Perhaps this weather of late is not global warming, as some are calling it, but perhaps, simply climate cycles that our God of grace allows this world to go through, so that men such as ourselves recognize that God is in ultimate control, even of the forces of nature. Maybe it’s time again for us to confess that not only are our lives fleeting and ebbing to a close, but this world too is living on borrowed time.

Then we can look anew at God wonderful promises on the pages of Scripture that a new heaven and a new earth awaits his children who faithfully cling to their Savior Jesus Christ. Since we just finished celebrating our Savior’s birth, we marvel at the miracle of the divine coming into this sinful world, to save sinners. As we close the chapter on one passing year and look forward to another, we are at best uncertain of what awaits this world. But we are certain of God’s promises: something new and perfect awaits those who are God’s children by faith in this world’s Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Johnson