Baby Sister's Coming - June 7th

By Judy Nichols

June 7, 2015

Our fourth grandchild is due to come on the scene in a matter of weeks. Our son and daughter-in-law have been making preparations. A month or so ago they moved their firstborn from the nursery into his own room and into a "big boy bed." He has observed his mommy sorting and putting away frilly little girl clothes and has accompanied her to some doctor’s visits. He spent the night at our house as a trial run for when they go to the hospital. He knows Mommy has a baby in her tummy and talks about his "baby sister." But he really has no idea what it all means. He has no concept of what it will be like when it actually happens.

The Scripture tells us that when Jesus returns everything will be different. Those who belong to Christ will get new, redeemed bodies, free from sorrow, pain, and the inclination to sin. The whole creation will be set free from its bondage to futility, as well.

We have no trouble envisioning (and wishing for) a world where there are no weeds to pull, no insects or vermin to damage our crops, and less work involved in producing them. And we can all imagine better versions of ourselves, even though we know getting there wouldn’t be an easy task. Even the transformation we see in our own lives as we know and grow in Christ isn’t enough to give us a sense of what our coming redemption will look like. In fact, the more I grow in Christ, the more I realize how vastly much more change is needed. And even the use of the word "more" implies the same kind of transformation we experience in the here and now, while the coming redemption will certainly be something entirely different.

Great as it is to come to know Christ, to have my heart changed from stone to flesh (Ezek. 36:26), to know that my sins have been washed away (Heb. 10:17) and Christ’s righteousness has been given to me (Rom. 10:10), to receive the Holy Spirit and see Him empower me to live differently, they will all be nothing compared to what I will experience at the redemption of my body.

My grandson’s world is going to be rocked in a few weeks. He will find out the reality of what he has been talking about and hearing about. He may not like it at first, as he will no longer be the center of his little universe. But when Jesus returns and sets the creation right and redeems our bodies from the presence of sin, we will be overjoyed to see face to face the real Center of the universe! That will rock not only my personal world, but the whole world! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

© Judy Nichols 2015

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