We live in a broken world. The curse of sin is far-reaching, its effects apparent from the devastation of natural disasters to the evil of the human heart. Suffering, sickness, pain, and heartache are daily reminders that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be.
And that is where the beauty of the gospel bursts forth in a colorful array. The salvation of God’s people is not just good news for humanity, but for the whole world. God’s redemptive plan goes beyond our salvation to include the renewal of this world to the wholeness and perfection he designed at creation. The prophet Isaiah described it this way: