As It Was Before – Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Chris and I were invited to attend a surprise fiftieth wedding
anniversary party for our friends who live in eastern Kentucky.
We live in northern Illinois, and the last time we were together
was more than 20 years ago, so our presence at their party was
unexpected. It was great fun to celebrate this occasion and reconnect
with them. As with all good friendships, we felt the
time evaporate, and we talked as though we had seen each other
only the day before.

One day, Christ is going to return. Matthew 24:50 says,
“The master will return unannounced and unexpected” (NLT).
That day will be a glorious celebration for all believers. We will
be united to God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. We will enjoy
the fullness of God’s presence, and that which we lost in
the garden because of our sin will be restored to us.

When Christ comes and takes us with Him into the fullness
of the kingdom it will be as though we had never left the Garden.
Everything will be as it was before our rebellion. Jesus
showed us how completely He will reconcile us to God in the
miracle of the withered hand (Matthew 12:13), and when He
restored another man’s sight. (Mark 8:25). Jesus showed His
power to restore completely when He was on earth and when
He returns the next time He will restore the world to its original,
perfect condition.
Phot by Harli Marten


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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