We all need redemption - to be saved from sin, to be made new, and live out our identity as beloved sons and daughters. For Christians, redemption is intrinsically wrapped up in the resurrection of Jesus. Christ’s resurrection offers us hope that what is lost will be found, what is broken will be mended, and what is lacking will be made whole. Salvation begins in the broken, cracked spaces of our lives - the spaces that make us feel alone and vulnerable. Fortunately, Jesus turns that narrative on its head.
The scandalous part of redemption is that God’s redemption doesn’t end with us - it extends to all things! John’s vision in Revelation outlines “a new heaven and a new earth,” and tells us God is “making all things new” (Rev. 21:1-5). This implies that the way in which we care for the earth is important. We are called to cultivate the plots of earth with which we have been trusted - our families, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. The way we care for and tend to the things and people closest to us is evidence of the work God is doing inside each of us.
This devotional will walk us through the work of redemption as made evident through the resurrection of Christ. In the same way Christ was raised from the dead he longs to take the broken, painful, and least hopeful parts of our stories and redeem those things for his glory. However, the glory of God is always made known through humanity’s participation with what God is doing in the world. In other words, it’s time for you to get off the sidelines!
Dive in, open yourself to the ways God’s love is at work in your life, and partner in His redeeming vision. You’ll find that God is hiding in the places you would least expect him.