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Maria Drews on The Good News

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. Maria’s local newspaper is the Los Angeles Times. Here is Maria Drews on the Good News.

THE GOOD NEWS

The other day a friend pointed out this stuff that looked like orange spaghetti growing on the hillside as we were going to church. I’d never noticed it before. My friend told me it was an invasive species, a plant that is not native to the area. Invasive species are good at spreading out of control and killing other plants. Since then I’ve seen it everywhere. Just today I saw it taking over a palm tree.

Weird thing is, I feel so sad and so frustrated every time I see this plant. You could just blow me off as a tree-hugger type (which I probably am) but I think there is something more to it than overreacting to plants.

I have this deep sense that this is not where it is supposed to be.

We all have this innate sense…
When the cancer comes back after ten years.
When a family is living on the streets.
When someone dies a little bit too young.
When natural disaster wipes out a farmer’s crop.
When a child is made to be a soldier.

It is not supposed to be like this.

We have this innate sense that things are not as they are supposed to be because they aren’t. When God created the world it was not like this. God’s intention was health, justice, wholeness, love, and peace. Free from all brokenness.

It is not supposed to be like this
.

But death entered the world, and like an invasive species, it did a really good job spreading out of control and tainting everything. Everything God created is still good, but like the palm tree, it just has this orange stuff all over it, slowly choking the life out of it.

It is not supposed to be like this.

But there is good news! Christ entered the world, and in the midst of the mess Christ took death upon himself. The old order, the disordered order, died. And with the resurrection a new order burst onto the scene. Through the resurrection, Christ is reclaiming and restoring and redeeming all of creation. Things are being put back the way they are supposed to be.

The kingdom of God is near
.

We get to know the end of the story before it has happened. We know that this is not how it is always going to be. We know that a day is coming when everything is going to be exactly how God intended it to be. Without disease. Without poverty. Without death. Without disaster. Without conflict.

The kingdom of God is coming.

Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we are invited to repent of the old way and enter into the new, to die of the old order and be born into new life. And we live out the end of the story now. We befriend the oppressed now. We reconcile with our neighbor now. We work for justice now. We repent of the old way now. Because it isn’t so much that the kingdom of God is coming as it is moving backwards to meet us.

Everything will be exactly how it is supposed to be.

And that is just a small part of the good news.

Maria Drews is currently working on her Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary and is part of the Kairos LA community. She is a redeemed mess just thankful Jesus lets her follow. She loves the church, learning new things, living in community, and apples with peanut butter. She does not like invasive species. Maria blogs at Vehement Adventure.


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