When Jesus died and was laid in the grave, Satan rejoiced. But after the triumphant resurrection of Christ, Satan knew that his kingdom on this earth would end, and that he will be destroyed eternally. Jesus vanquished death and the grave and came forth from the tomb as a conqueror over all the powers of evil that had taken our planet captive saying, “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25).
As a result of man’s fall, sin destroyed the beauty and perfection of God’s original creation (Isaiah 65:17–25; Micah 4:8). But through Jesus’ resurrection, the Father will restore all creation to its original state. Christ will restore life to His creation for He has life in Himself. He is invested with the right to give immortality. The life that He laid down in humanity, He takes up again, and gives to humanity. “I am come,” He said, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John10:10; 4:14; 6:54).
The resurrection of Christ paved the way for His second coming when He will finally reclaim His creation. When He comes, He will first erase all the marks of evil, “the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). The apostle Peter declares that God will cleanse our earth from sin and heal our planet ( 2 Peter 3:7; Acts 3:20, 21). Through this process “the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel” (Joel 3:16).
Christ rose from the dead as the first fruits of those who sleep (1 Corinthians 15:20). Christ, the first fruits, represents the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Soon, Jesus is coming back to this earth to reward His people as He promised and to take them to the beautiful home He has prepared for them (John 14:1-3). He will also restore to His people all of the joys and glories of Eden that He originally made for mankind. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
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