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Beauty Will Rise

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Sunset…And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2b

Another night at the bedside of a dying church member…
Another counseling session with a couple whose relationship has been ravaged by the enemy…
Another heartbroken mother for her wayward daughter…
These are just a few moments of the last few hours of my day.
Just more reminders of the reality that the world we are living in is broken.

Weariness and worry seem to abound all around us.
There is within us a painful awareness that the words the Apostle Paul spoke in Romans 3:23 about all of us sinning and falling short of the glory of God are nothing but true. We are all missing out on the glory of God.

What is that – the “glory of God?” That is difficult to define but I might say that God’s glory is His presence, nature, character and worth on display before us in all of its fullness, radiance, beauty and perfection. If we didn’t fall short of or “miss out” on His glory due to sin then His glory would permeate every part of our bodies, our lives, our relationships and our world. There would be no more cancer, no more death, no more sorrow, no more sin, no more hate, no more depression, divorce, drug addictions, no more drugs at all because there would be no more sickness or disease. And most importantly, there would be no more separation between us and God Himself for we would dwell in perfect fellowship with the One who created us.

Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 that we are missing out on God’s glory because of sin but then in verse 24 he says that we are made right with God through the gracious redemptive work that Jesus did for us on the cross which leads him two chapters later to say, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

In the midst of all the rubble and chaos of this world because Jesus has reconciled us to God we can rejoice in hope of the glory of God. This hope is not a “wishful thinking” kind of hope but rather it is a confident future expectation.

In other words, Paul is reminding us that Jesus came to redeem, buy back and make new every corner of His creation and every cell within it. We can be sure that one day those who have been saved by God’s grace through faith will live eternally in the pure, unending, full on glory of God!

All of this came to my mind at 4 a.m. this morning when I was on my way home from being with a family in our church who is walking through the valley of the shadow of death. On the way home, a song by Steven Curtis Chapman came on the radio called “Beauty Will Rise.” I’ve heard the song many times and once again the Lord ministered to me through it. I thought I would share it with you in hopes that God would use it to encourage you today too.

Steven wrote this song after his 5 year old daughter, a beautiful girl he and his wife Mary Beth adopted from China was struck by a car in their driveway. On that day the Chapman’s precious little girl Maria passed from this life into the arms of Jesus.
I think Steven expresses in the song what Paul is telling us in Romans 5:2b. You can see and interview Steven did about the song here:

Here are they lyrics:
It was the day the world went wrong
I screamed til my voice was gone
And watched through the tears as everything
Came crashing down
Slowly panic turns to pain
As we awake to what remains
And sift through the ashes that are left
Behind

But buried deep beneath
All our broken dreams
We have this hope:

Out of these ashes… beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see Him with our own eyes
Out of these ashes… beauty will rise
For we know, joy is coming in the morning…
In the morning, beauty will rise

So take another breath for now,
And let the tears come washing down,
And if you can’t believe I will believe
For you.

‘Cause I have seen
The signs of spring!
Just watch and see:

Out of these ashes… beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see Him with our own eyes
Out of these ashes… beauty will rise
For we know, joy is coming in the morning…
In the morning…

I can hear it in the distance
And it’s not too far away.
It’s the music and the laughter
Of a wedding and a feast.
I can almost feel the hand of God
Reaching for my face
To wipe the tears away, and say,
“It’s time to make everything new.”

“Make it all new”

This is our hope.
This is the promise.
This is our hope.
This is the promise.
That it would take our breath away
To see the beauty that’s been made
Out of the ashes…
Out of the ashes…
That it would take our breath away
To see the beauty that’s been made
Out of the ashes…
Out of the ashes…

Out of these ashes… beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see Him with our own eyes
Out of this darkness… new life will shine
And we’ll know the joy is coming in the morning…
In the morning… beauty will rise!

Oh, Beauty will rise
Oh, Beauty will rise
Oh, oh, oh, Beauty will rise
Oh, oh, oh, Beauty will rise
Oh, oh, oh, Beauty will rise

Joel Frederick
Author: Joel Frederick

Joel Frederick is the Senior Pastor at Grace Life. Click here to learn more about Joel

One Response to "Beauty Will Rise"

  1. John Scroggins Posted on June 15, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Thanks Joel. Thanks.

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