Background: The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church at Rome that he had never been to. He wrote to explain the signficance of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. He did this with a series of question and answers.
Paul encourages the Romans, who are suffering for their faith like Jesus did, by reminding them that there is something awaiting them that is so glorious that the suffering will be worth it. He uses creation as a testimony to the reality of what awaits them.
Ask the children…
All creation was subjected to the curse when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden. So who is waiting along with us for the revealing of God’s glory?
“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.” (Romans 8:19)
What is creation waiting for that it will experience along with God’s children?
“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” (Romans 8:20, 21)
When Christ returns and the Satan and the curse are finally done away with, everything will be restored to the way it was originally designed in the garden. Paul argues that even creation groans with aniticipation for that day. And that makes the trials of this broken world worth enduring because of what we anticipate, glorious freedom from death and decay.
Ask your children what death and decay they see in creation? You may have to help them see how flowers die, animals grow old and die, weeds grow everywhere if they are not pulled, etc. Ask your children to imagine a world in which they never grow old and they enjoy uninterrupted fellowship with God and one another forever.
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