Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.
“God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19,20)
All things reconciled
When humanity sinned, the whole of creation was marred and distorted. And so it was not only humanity that needed to be reconciled to God, but also the rest of creation. God’s great plan of redemption is not for our benefit alone, but embraces everything that He has made. His ultimate aim is not to destroy the earth that He created but to renew it (II Peter 3:13). Which is why “the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed…. The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19-21)
All things reconciled to God
While Jesus was on earth, He walked on water, healed all diseases, calmed a storm and changed water into wine. The natural world submitted to Him and was completely under His control.
This is how it will be in the age to come. When our relationship with God is fully restored, the universe will once again function as it was intended to function. Our redemption is not an end in itself, but the means whereby God will “bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” (Ephesians 1:10) Jesus will be Lord of all!
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in Him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Collect for 4th Sunday after Trinity)