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In June of 2021, the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Florida collapsed. 95 people died.* Do your remember that? I do. It goes to show that building inspection is vitally important. When a structure no longer meets the specifications of the designers and engineers, things can break, people suffer and lives can be lost.
The same is true for the cosmos. This world no longer meets the specifications that God designed. The bible tells us that disobedience to God, called sin, had a profound effect on creation. Now, things break, people suffer and lives are lost. In fact, God did not include death in the Garden of Eden. It came after Adam and Eve’s sin. Genesis 3:19 says, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (NIV)
This is why the resurrection of Jesus astounds us. He defeated death. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says ‘”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (NIV)
So, when you look around and see this broken world, filled with suffering and death, know that God will restore it some day!
*Sarah Al-Arshani, “An apartment building not far from the Surfside building that collapsed last year has been evacuated after being found structurally unsafe,” Insider, April 5, 2022, https://www.insider.com/florida-condo-near-surfside-building-that-collapsed-last-year-evacuated-2022-4.
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