In the summer time of 1941, C.S. Lewis was requested to present a night sermon on the Oxford College Church of Saint Mary. His sermon was titled, “The Weight of Glory.” In his sermon, he described the longing that people expertise as we await the return of Jesus. Within the sermon he described that keen longing as “a need which no pure happiness will fulfill.”
The one factor that may result in true satisfaction on this life is the approaching glory of God that might be ushered in as Christ returns. Yesterday as I preached Romans 8:18-19 in our ongoing collection by means of Romans—it’s clear that these verses function the prelude for what Paul will additional develop in verses 20-25. Nevertheless, it’s likewise clear that each Christians and the non-rational (sub-human) creation as an entire is groaning with expectation for the return of King Jesus.
The kids of God stay in a damaged world stuffed with sin and struggling. The struggling (πάθημα) can embody each persecution and normal hardships of life. Nevertheless, after Adam fell within the Backyard and Paradise was misplaced—sin entered the world and demise got here on account of sin (Rom. 5:12). Anybody who needs to stay a godly life will endure persecution (2 Tim. 3:12) and on account of this damaged world—each Christians and non-Christians will endure hardships. The rain falls on the simply and the unjust—and so do the outcomes of the curse. In the event you go to a hospital will you discover each believers and non-believers who’re occupying the rooms on any given day.
The kids of God lengthy for the return of Jesus as a result of such hardships and struggling don’t examine to the glory that might be revealed in Jesus. When Christ returns, he’ll make all issues new. The outcomes of Jesus’ future glory for the lives of God’s kids embody:
- Glorified humanity
- Excellent life with out sin
- Meals with out decay
- Road of gold
- Gates of pearl
- No extra sin
- No extra illness
- No extra ache
- No extra demise
- No extra tears
That’s why it’s mentioned of Abraham, he “was trying ahead to town that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).
Not solely do God’s kids wait with keen expectation for Jesus to return, however so does all of God’s creation. Each the animate and inanimate creation (sub-human and non-rational) creation. This consists of the bushes, hills, animal life, and every part that has life. The creation is aware of that there’s a curse upon this earth. The easiest day on this life can not examine to the Backyard of Eden. It was a lush and excellent paradise with out decay, illness, and demise. But, after the autumn—every part modified. Simply have a look at the situation the place the Backyard of Eden was positioned within the Center East area—it’s largely a desert at this time.
Paul makes use of personification to explain creation moaning with expectation for Jesus to return. Right this moment, even creation is aware of that each one just isn’t effectively. Each the animate and inanimate creation really feel the curse of this current evil world.
- Desert land
- Lack of water
- Diseased animals
- Bugs that devour plans
- Illnesses that kill flowers and fruit and bushes
- Polluted water
- Polluted air
Sooner or later, the Final Adam (Jesus Christ) will return in glory to usher in his seen Kingdom and he’ll make all issues new! William Hendriksen observes, “Stunning and really significant is the phrase “the revelation of the sons of God. It signifies that not till the day of Christ’s Return will it grow to be a matter of public information how a lot God loves them and the way richly he rewards them.”  In his sermon in 1941, C.S. Lewis described our anticipation by writing the next:
At current we’re on the surface of the world, the flawed aspect of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, however they don’t make us recent and pure. We can not mingle with the splendors we see. However the leaves of the New Testomony are rustling with the rumor that it’ll not at all times be so. Some day, God keen, we will get in. When human souls have grow to be as excellent in voluntary obedience because the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they’ll placed on its glory, or quite that higher glory of which Nature is barely the primary sketch.
Are you prepared for Christ to return? Has the Holy Spirit induced you to search out assurance of your salvation and a eager for the return of the King?
- William Hendriksen and Simon J. Kistemaker, Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, vol. 12–13, New Testomony Commentary (Grand Rapids: Baker E-book Home, 1953–2001), 267.