Do you remember an award winning TV ad from about 10 years ago for Honda cars? It was an incredible sequence of ‘domino-like’ chain reactions where various parts of the car moved in a way that caused the next part to move and so on, all the way around the room until the ignition was switched on a shiny new Honda that then rolled off the line. The tag line at the end was “Don’t you love it when things just work”.
Take a look at it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5rlhEkmbc4
Don’t we all long for things just working? The frustration of a broken appliance, not being able to start the lawn mower, wifi dropping out, the teenager on the couch. Please… just work!!
God did not design a world that that doesn’t work. In fact, he did the opposite. Think of the complexity of any living creature, the order of the seasons or the way a bird flies. He knows what he is doing.
In Genesis One we read about the order, completeness and perfection that God designed. A place where the natural world and humanity live together in complete harmony. Do our hearts not yearn and ache to be in a place where we are at peace with all around us? No wonder we seek the beach or the mountains or beautiful places for somewhere to rest and be restored. No matter what you think about climate change, people do not want to live in a world that is far removed from what was intended. We were created to live in a peaceful state and connected in relationship to all around us, especially to our creator - a place where things just work. Sadly, for us right now, we live in a broken world that is out of sync with how it was meant to be, but…. there is a way back.
Jesus came for just that purpose, to restore the relationship and connection that was lost in Genesis. He lived, died and rose as one of us to put back together all that was broken.
Flick from Genesis to the back of book in Revelation. Here we get the picture of complete restoration. As Jesus returns, the wonder, beauty, completeness of God’s creation in all its form is once again in sync.
It just works! Hope we see each other there.
“See, I make all things new.” Rev 21:5