As we read the first paragraph of the book of John, one thing is explicitly clear: God showed up. This core idea rattles many things and demonstrates two incredible concepts. First, God does not give up on us. He stayed involved despite the brokenness we see. Second, God is involved in creation. He did not start everything up and let if go. This matters because…
You matter to God
This is more than people are created in God’s image. God could easily create again. Instead God chose to make all things new. Understanding the trials of human history, God went ahead anyway so he could have a relationship with you. The maker of heaven and Earth wants to know you. That is massive.
Creation matters to God
The usage of the word world makes another profound statement. God didn’t merely act on our benefit, but also the benefit of all creation. We read in Romans 8 how all creation is groaning and waiting for the day of redemption. What God did not only impacts our eternal destiny, it also impacts the destiny of creation.
More than a spirit thing
A life following Jesus is not about rushing to heaven. It is very much about living life. Death is an unnatural state as a consequence to sin. When Jesus rose from the dead, death was given an expiration notice. God does not view spirit as higher than creation. He made us and designed us to be physical beings. God very much wants us to be able to live a quite and peaceable life here on Earth.
The Bible describes us as ambassadors of heaven, and it talks about a heavenly city. True. At the end we see it is called the New Jerusalem. It’s location is on Earth. Seeing the trend of God being the God who fills thing, the be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth will come again. Life will be every much like now, minus all the sin, stress and disease.