Creation is said to Groan for the revealing of the Sons of Men. We think of the earth in creation. And John records Jesus telling about this from life on earth point of view.
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.
Night is coming, when no one can work.
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Creation waits for the revealing of the Sons of Men. This happens on the Side of Heaven, God's Eternal Kingdom.
~ encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near
Have you ever thought of Father God waiting for us, glad for His Book of Life and we are greeted as the Prodigal Son. Jesus and Father God long for us.
Let's take this further back to the old Testament. In the Book of Job, we read about the Old Heaven - Sheol - the Hades equivalent - a place for all that have died. Including Satan. In Job, Satan is death and has a right to the place of the Dead. He just asks God for favors and because God shows equal, equal, equal mercy to all - Satan is in overcompensation - bold as can be.
Judgement. We are asked not to be Judgmental. Yet, we all need judgments and opinions and wisdom to proceed with our lives. God had opted for mercy without sacrifice. All have sinned - all in Sheol - the Old Testament.
There is one bright spot in this gray Sheol - Jesus is Life. In the place of the dead, Sheol - Jesus has laughed while in creation the deep had circles drawn upon the waters.
In this grey equality - where black and white blend - is Jesus. LIGHT OF GOD.
The true Light that gives Light to all of mankind was coming into the world.
In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of all mankind. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Jesus was bringing HIS Light forth to Honor God.
Jesus tells us He if filled with Joy and He speaks right to His Father and ours. This is how Jesus sacrifice changed Heaven and the earth.
18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
A new Heaven and a new earth. We can tell this did happen on earth - the name of Jesus caused Roman Emperors to make wars for almost 400 years. Jesus did not count equality as something to be grasped, Jesus became obedient to God to show Love. Earth changed.
And in this Great Love, Jesus cleared up Heaven. Heaven was new.
His Father's House was new.
The Holy Trinity? Jesus was working and today is working. And doing HIS Father's Purpose.
Jesus being God - His Promises and His Word are faithful. Jesus' effective change for Heaven is for us -
When we believe God's Promises - Change happens.
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The balance is - we want to Please Father God.
We encourage each other in truth. Old truth is useful and is truth. We do not change what is wrong to be good or what is acceptable to be dire. We encourage each other to do Good Works for God. And we see what is Good and we applaud that and encourage more Goodness. Build up Goodness.
Jesus told us to be centered, to be salt - to be frank and honest and earnest. Let Love be Genuine.
And to be Light - bring forth news that is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope.
God works to overcome Darkness. We try to do all we can to encourage places were Light is looked for and appreciated, noticed and Encouraged.
We Thank You. As a result of Your Works and Your Promises, You have compassion on Your faithful followers.
We will keep from being discouraged, in Trust and Faith. And You will be Glad.
We will apologize for wrongs that are not in keeping with Pleasing God. And in confidence fully anticipate and belong in Jesus' Profound Grace. Never trying to treat Father God and His Beloved Son, Jesus, as our waiter.
In the Joy, you have declared You have, we lift up our loved ones and the People You have given us. This Nation in Renewal and New Hope in Jesus. And the people of the world. Because the Kingdom, the Glory and the Power - are Yours. Your Works are for All. We encourage ourselves and others to see the Light of Jesus.
In Jesus, Amen.
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