God was not content to leave humanity and the rest of creation under the power of sin and death. He worked toward the healing and flourishing of all things relentlessly. He did this first by establishing the nation of Israel–a people meant to fulfill the original human mandate of bearing his image. They both succeeded and failed, but ultimately could not find freedom from sin.
So the Father sent the Son to take on flesh and live the life we were all meant to live. He then endured suffering and death at the hands of the people he had made on the cross. In this upside-down display of power he destroyed death by death–taking the sin and brokenness on himself. By his sacrifice Jesus both secured our forgiveness and broke the ultimate power of sin and death.
We know live “in between.” Jesus is King and his kingdom is coming all around in goodness, truth, and beauty. His reign is also not complete as there is still sin, brokenness, and death. One day he will return to renew the creation and rule in perfection, peace, and wholeness. This is the vision that drives us as we live with him to see glimpses of that kingdom now.
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