As I have been flipping through the pages of scripture this week, seeking to further understand the incredible story of God’s passionate love for us, I have come across three declarations that help us to understand this epic adventure.
The first declaration is found right at the beginning of the story, in Genesis 1. After the stars have been flung into their places in space, the depths of the oceans filled with water, the sun hung perfectly in the sky, the animals given such wonderful names, the seeds buried in the soil, and man formed in the image of its glorious creator…God pours a cold cup of Coke, puts his feet up for a brief while, and with a smile of satisfaction looks down and makes this first declaration; “It is good!” (Gen 1:31).
The story continues that God loves us so much he lets us make our own decisions - and an aspect of God's love is that he loved us enough to let us make some bad decisions…and we did. A very bad one, that spoiled all that God had declared good. Something had to be done.
So after many years and much love, God sent us Jesus. His perfect, ‘good’ life modeled for us not only what a good life looked like, but provided us a way to be good. He brought heaven from ‘up there’ to ‘down here’ and established a kingdom that was radically different from the kingdom of everyone had ever known. Doing so meant removing the decay from us and so ‘he who had no sin became sin for us’ (2 Corinthians 5:21). As he hung on the cross and sucked away the sin of the world, and breathed his last, he made this second declarative statement, “It is finished”. Because of what God had done, the work of salvation was finished. (John 19:30)
One day though, we will hear a final declaration. It will be one that all who follow Jesus will hear in heaven – the place that is beyond our vision, understanding and comprehension. In that place of perpetual newness and life we will hear the voice of our king make a third declaration. “It is done” (Rev 21:6)
- When it comes to creation – God declares it is good!
- When is comes to salvation – God declares it is finished!
- When it comes to redemption, that time when all is beautifully restored – God declares it is done!
I can’t wait to hear that final declaration! In response, I suppose we can only have one declaration.