This is a quote from G.K. Chesterton’s book, The Everlasting Man.
On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.
I have to admit, I haven’t read this book, but the quote makes me want to read it. What an interesting insight into the resurrection. In a recent Bible study we came to the following passage from Romans 8:19-20
“The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage of decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
Sometimes we forget that just as we were tarnished by sin, so was the entire world and everything in it. So the resurrection does not just offer hope to us, but to everything God created.
Has anyone following the blog read this book by Chesterton? What can you tell us?