The Pastor’s Corner

This is my artilce for today’s edition of The Natoma-Luray Independent of the Russell County News.

The good old future days

Do you ever think about the good old days?  No, I am not talking about the 1950’s; I am talking about the really good old days in the Garden of Eden.

In the Garden of Eden everything was perfect; Adam and Eve had everything they would ever need.  There was no difficult or dangerous work for them to do; they just spent the whole day enjoying the creation that God had given to them.

Those are the days I want to go back to; a time when everything was perfect as God intended it to be: no sin, no death, no corruption.

But we cannot go back to the Garden of Eden any more than we can go back to the 1950’s.  Those days are gone, destroyed by the power of sin and its ever tightening grip on creation.  No longer are there days when we can sit around and just enjoy a perfect creation, death has ruined that.  No longer are there days when there is no work that needs to be done, sin has made sure of that.  No longer are there days when everything we need is set before us, corruption has put an end to that.

There is no sense in looking back to those good old days, they are long gone.  So instead, I am looking ahead to the good old future days that are yet to come.

No, I am not talking about when the economy rebounds, or when the rains come, or when computers actually make life easier.  I am talking about a time that is going to be even better than all of that.

I am looking forward to the new heavens and the new earth that Christ has promised to institute when He returns in glory.  And this new heavens and earth will be even better than the old one, even better than the perfect one in the Garden of Eden.  There will be no sin, no corruption, no suffering, no death, and no decay.

What makes this new heavens and new earth so much better than the Garden of Eden, and so much better than the world as we know it today?  We will be with Jesus.  Jesus makes everything better.  And so not only will we have the perfection of the Garden of Eden, we will have Jesus who makes our entrance into the new heavens and the new earth possible.

For now, we wait; but we wait with the sure and certain confidence that the new heavens and the new earth are waiting for us.  So do not worry about a return to the good old days of the past, rather look ahead to the good old future days that are yet to come.

About revschmidt

An LCMS Pastor in North-Central Kansas
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