Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Those of you who know me are probably shocked that today of all days, I have written a post titled "Happy Earth Day!"   Either that, or you are shocked that there isn't a picture of an alien at the top of this post, with the caption "Save the Earth: we may want to colonize it one day."  (Courtesy of Shoebox Greetings™ by Hallmark™-- I read it on a coffee mug I broke about ten years ago). But today is not a day I can joke about saving the Earth:  today we commemorate the day the Earth actually was saved.

Romans 8:19-25 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that  the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

On the day Jesus Christ died, he completed our redemption, and that of creation.

2 Peter 3:12-14 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

Just as I won't see my redemption until the "end" of my life, the earth won't look redeemed until it's "end".    Yet in Christ I have the hope for myself, my loved ones, and indeed the whole earth, that we are being renewed.

Do I wish to discourage anyone from sacrificing their time, energy, or resources by limiting their consumption of oil, plastic, or some other material good for the comfort of others?   No, I think sacrifice for others is something that done for the right reasons, can glorify the Lord.   But you, I, and all of us together do NOT need to save the earth:  that has already been done.

John 19:30  "It is finished."


Megan Willome said...

I know it's rare for Earth Day and Good Friday to fall on the same day. What an interesting juxtaposition, and you highlighted it so well.

Sherri Murphy said...

Thank you, Helen- this is a beautiful tribute for "earth day"--a whole new meaning for SAVE THE EARTH! Enjoy a beautiful Easter weekend.

Anonymous said...

I didn't even realize it was Earth Day- great way to give perspective on the two. Thank you, Helen. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

katdish said...

Best earth day post ever. Hope you have a wonderful Easter, Helen.

Just another teen thinking about shizz. said...

Thanks to Google, I know that today is Earth Day! And thanks to you, one of those who ha noted the occasion :]