What A Wonderful World?
Read Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Why did all things need to be reconciled to God?
You’ve likely heard the song “What a Wonderful World” sung by Louis Armstrong. In it, he croons about the beauty of nature and mankind. But what is interesting is that the song was released in 1968, during a time of unrest and turmoil. Many not so wonderful things were happening in the world. The US suffered massive casualties in the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, and civil unrest led to violent anti-war protests and race riots. It was an incredibly turbulent time.
But this isn’t only true of 1968. When we look back on all of history, we see the same thing. Beautiful, wonderful things in the midst of horrible pain, suffering, and chaos. So which is it? Is the world a wonderful place or a horrible, cursed place? Is it just a matter of perspective?
In today’s verse, Paul wrote that through Jesus, God reconciled all things to Himself. He made a way for peace and will restore all things to their original condition. In the beginning, we see that God truly made a wonderful world. We can read of its perfection in Genesis 1 and 2. God said that everything He created was good. The whole world was at peace and lived in harmony. There were no natural disasters, there was no sickness, no death. Even the animals lived at peace with one another.
But all of that changed in Genesis 3, when Satan entered the garden and tempted Adam and Eve to sin. The fall of creation changed everything. The once perfect world was now marred. And it continued to unravel from that point on.
We now live in this fallen world. We experience a mixed bag of wonderful things that God made side by side with horrific evil, violence, sin, and death. What we would give to get back to Eden!
But here’s the good news! In today’s verse, Paul said, “the fullness of God” dwelt in Jesus. Because Jesus is God, He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He is holy. Jesus dwelt among mankind as God in the flesh. He did what none of us could do—He lived a perfect life. Then, He paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. Our sins demanded blood. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus shed His own blood to cover our sins. The God of the universe died in our place.
Why did He do this? To restore creation to Himself. In Romans 8:21, Paul wrote: “...creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption…”. The prophet Isaiah prophesied that even the animal kingdom will eventually be restored to peaceful harmony (Isaiah 11:6-9 and 65:25).
Friends, it is obvious that the world is not as it should be. It is cursed and fallen. But we aren’t without hope! Through Jesus Christ, the world will once again be at peace with its Creator. It will be perfectly wonderful again. Take heart!
Jesus, thank You for the promise that You will restore this broken, fallen world to Yourself. Amen.