…according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Scripture tells us that one day Christ will return to set the world straight again. Sin and death will be gone, Satan and the demons put in Hell, and the earth will be restored and made brand new. We will not get sick ever again, life and joy will fill our lungs, and never again will we sin or experience the pains of this world. However, this only comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
And right now you’re probably wondering, “How can Jesus return if He died on the cross?” Well that’s just it: He rose from the grave! Death and the grave were/are no match for Jesus! He rose again in victory so that we can have victory through Him. The Bible tells us to constantly remember we will be with Jesus (1 John 1-3, 1 Thessalonians, Jude), that our life will not last in this world, and that what truly matters is knowing Christ and making Him known to the world.
If the cross of Christ was the center of history, then Jesus rising from the dead was a sign of the end of history. You see, if Christ has given us victory over sin and restored our relationship with God, why then spend an eternity on this fallen earth? He is coming again to restore all things, but not without leaving us a mission until His return.
Jesus promises to be with us as we carry out His mission, which is to share the gospel with every person. As we do this, we are called to live holy lives that mirror the example of Christ, and to remember to daily give over our weakness to Him by following His word, remembering the great things He has down in saving us and giving us eternal life (not forgetting we have God’s Spirit living in us to help us accomplish these things)!
The apostle John tells us that as we set our hope on the return of
Jesus instead of the things of this world, we purify ourselves as “He is pure”. Jesus constantly had His eyes on the prize while on this earth; He was so consumed with glorifying God and doing God’s will He that never diverted from it. Likewise, we will become more like Christ as we set ourselves on doing God’s will instead of ignoring His word and trying to
go our own way… which of course leads to death.