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I was feeling pretty low on the general state of humanity yesterday, and rightfully so. Today’s Scripture reading of Romans 8:22 shows just how deep our stinkiness sinks: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Yup, ALL of creation is in a perpetual state of labor because… us.
Now if you read the title of this post and got hopeful that I had ditched the Debbie Downer-flow I had yesterday and are reading with a sense of betrayal and dread and you’re about to close the tab and head back to Facebook, hold up. Things are about to make a sharp ascent.
This Lent, I’m using Preparing for Easter as a devotional guide. It is full of excerpted readings by C.S. Lewis, and today was an excerpt from The Grand Miracle. Below, is a part which, quite frankly, feels me with awe:
But once the Son of God, drawn hither not by our merits but by our unworthiness, has put on human nature, then our species… does become in one sense the central fact in all Nature: our species, rising after its long descent, will drag all Nature up with it because in our species the Lord of Nature is now included.
For God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a *status quo*. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity would have been, more glorious than any unfallen race now is (if at this moment the night sky conceals any such). The greater the sin, the greater the mercy; the deeper the death, the brighter the rebirth. And this super-added glory will, with true vicariousness, exalt all creatures and those who have never fallen will thus bless Adam’s fall.
That is… awesome. If you want to hear more from The Grand Miracle, check out the videos below: