For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:19-22)

 

When I went into labor with my first child, the first few hours of contractions were fairly mild.

“This isn’t so bad,” I thought.

“Why do women make such a big deal about this?”

 

Forty-eight hours later, exhausted and groaning in pain, still with no baby, I was feeling a lot less smug. My contractions had become more intense and frequent, and all I wanted was an end to the misery.

 

Romans 8 says that all of creation is in labor, groaning in pain as the day of Jesus’ return draws nearer.

 

Does it seem like some of the problems in this world just keep getting worse?

Natural disasters

Pandemics

Sex trafficking

Drug overdoses

Racism

Unemployment

Abuse

Hunger

The troubles are too numerous to list.

You may feel you barely have time to take a breath and recuperate before another “labor pain” hits.

Christmas is not only a celebration of the day Jesus was born but an acknowledgment by faith that He is coming again and will finally lift the curse of sin and death. Like a woman who forgets the pain of childbirth as she joyfully holds her newborn baby, someday our troubles will be over and forgotten as we behold Christ forever.

This is a promise for everyone who puts their life in Jesus’ hands. All of creation groans for now, but King Jesus is coming back, and our groanings will turn to shouts of joy.

 

Are you longing for that glorious day?

Read carefully through the words to the hymn “Joy to the World” and think about the message in relation to Jesus’ second coming.

 

(written by Jayna Richardson)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

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