The Devastating Effects of the Fall

20 Jun

A friend of mine commented on my status on Facebook earlier that I “seem to be forlorned a lot lately” … and I realized that it’s true.  (Forlorn: marked by or showing hopelessness; left behind; deserted; miserable, as when lonely or being abandoned.)

It seems like every day I am more and more aware of the devastating effects that the Fall has on all of mankind.  I am becoming more and more aware of how depraved and sinful I really am, of the brokenness of my relationships with others, and just how screwed up humanity is as a whole.  That sounds pretty depressing, I know.  Because it is.  But, I know the hope for the Christian is this: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4).  By wiping away every tear and eliminating death, mourning, and pain, God will reverse the curse that entered the world through human sin.

Also, we have to remember that salvation is the restoration of the entire cosmos, the entire planet, the entire universe—our entire culture and society.  As the ESV Study Bible puts it, “The destruction of the last enemy, death, and the last judgment will finally lead to the renewal of the entire created order, heaven and earth, to be the perfect home in which the Lamb will live forever with his bride, the people whom he has redeemed out of all the nations through his atoning death.”  And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). 

So, this gives me hope and confidence that one day the effects of the Fall that we all experience in this lifetime will pass away.  To close, here is a video of Derek Webb performing his song, This Too Shall Be Made Right… for one day, everything that has been wrong will be made right.

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