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Living in the Light

 

 

Eternity

Jessalyn Hutto

“You, Lord, laid the foundations of the earth in the beginning and the heavens are the work of your hands, they will perish, but you remain; they will wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV)

Today is Laundry Day at my home. As I sort through various articles of clothing, loading them, unloading them, folding, and ironing I can’t help but meditate on these incredible verses from the Word of God.

How powerful is our Savior! How mighty is his name! All that is around us, the trees, the mountains, the animals, the sun and moon, the galaxies and asteroids are all in his control. He created them with the power of his voice and upholds them with mere words! 

All that is around us is temporary. The mountains that today seem so strong and permanent, the sun whom we cannot imagine going dim, the ocean waves that pound incessantly against the shores-they will all be folded away as easily as I manipulate the clothing coming out of my dryer. They will soon be exchanged as effortlessly as I change out of my pajamas and into my day clothes for a new and glorious creation void of the blemish we call sin.

All this through the might of our infinitely powerful God, the Son, who chose to come down into our broken humanity and carry our sin to the cross. He who can whisper the galaxies in and out of existence, who can fold them up like a piece of clothing, stooped down to reveal his loving character and do the impossible in us.

He, who’s days will have no end, stepped into the perishing flesh of men to offer them the free gift of salvation. And just as he will one day shout into the heavens and transform his creation, he took hold of our souls, folded up their sinful natures, and exchanged them for new, glorious, redeemed, natures. We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness and brought into his kingdom of light by the power of his voice. He whispered into our hearts, “Awake oh sleeper and arise from the dead,” and bestowed upon us eternal life.

Now, like our glorious God, we will live forever rejoicing in the love shown to us through Christ. Though creation be folded up like a robe, we will forever live with our eternal God, our Savior, and King. He has imparted eternal life to us and bound himself to us forever!

The sinful have been made holy.

The perishing have been saved from eternal destruction.

All you who believe in Christ, listen to me: you are a new creation and one day you will trade this earthly, failing flesh for a body of perfection, for a sinless body of righteousness. You will be clothed with the holiness of Christ! This is the joy set before us-to be with our king and to be like him.

Let’s live this day in the knowledge of our glorious future and our glorious God.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.
(Isaiah 51:6 ESV)