2020-04-26 What Good is an Empty Tomb? - Resurrection for all of Creation

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Romans 8:18-25 and 1 Cor. 15:35-44

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Eternity will be spent on earth – a New Earth

Resurrection is for all creation

Humans and Creation will be brought into freedom together.

Romans 8:18-25

There is suffering simply because we are in this imperfect world.

 

19 Creation waits in eager expectation

20 Creation waits for the revelation because it also been subjected to frustration/futility

  •      The cosmic fall into sin is not the last word; the last word is hope.

21 Paul looks forward to a time when the total effect of sin will be done away and creation will stand forth in all its glory as God intends it to be.

  • Creation will also be liberated into the glory of the future new heavens and new earth.

22 Human sin has prevented creation from reaching the goal God has set for it

  • to function harmoniously with humans to glorify God.
  • “groaning” and “birthpains”, not death pangs, but, birth pangs.

23 “Groaning” is characteristic of all creation. What we have now is real, but it is not the whole (cf. 1 John 3:2),

24 and 25 We look forward in hope to the full realization of what Christ has done for us.

Positive endurance - thoughts of eagerness and endurance together

 

So what is this HOPE?? Let’s move to 1 Corinthians 15

 

1 Corinthians 15:35-44

Resurrection - ‘a standing-up’ - Does not happens immediately after you die.

 

1 Thess. 4:15-17

This is the biblical hope: God who made the world will put it right at last.

The new creation be a ‘creation out of the old’

Whether you and I can conceive of this idea/mystery is irrelevant; for it is God who will create and design the new mode of existence of the human body.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Animals for earth, fish for the waters and birds for the sky.

God will not be caught with a design problem relating to the Resurrection.

He does not need a research and development Department - He speaks and it is done!!

 

#1 – Perishable (decay)  

A process rather than a quality or characteristic.

Decreasing capacities, increasing weakness, exhaustion to stagnation to death

Murphy’s Law – “Anything that can go wrong – will go wrong”

Entropy is a measure of disorder. Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Then Imperishable (reverse decay) Increasing vitality and strength.

 

#2 – Dishonor - This is not a devaluation of the human body but a way that we sometimes think about it.

Then Glory/Splendor the body will be splendid, impressive, majestic, radiant…

 

#3 – Weakness Ravages of time, constraints and limitations. Injuries, Incapacities…

Then Power Opposite of weakness – no more causal effects of sin, degeneration and death.

Nothing to weigh us down or to exhaust us.

 

#4 – Natural The contrast is not between physical and non-physical         

Then Spiritual

The human body is now totally connected to the full influence of the Holy Spirit

Decay is reversed, it is glorious

Rev 21:1-4 ‘The dwelling of God is with humans’

The new creation is not a matter of us being taken away to a different sort of place but of Jesus coming back to transform the present world into the place He wants it to be – and to transform us into being the people He wants us to be.

 

Practice Resurrection – Affirm the Resurrection

Look for signs of life, signs of faith, hope, and love!

Plant seeds of generosity, kindness, and faithfulness.

Cultivate the ability to be still, to listen for voice that gives praise to our loving Creator who continues to sustain all things and holds all things together.

  • We have Hope because of the Resurrection – Yes we groan but we anticipate –

A new day is coming - We eagerly anticipate

1 Peter 3:15 - We have an incredible, living hope

                   Benediction - 1 Peter 1:3-5

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