“And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ–everything in heaven and on earth.”
I was carrying my five-year-old granddaughter Lucy some time ago. We were upstairs in our house, and I tucked her under my arm, walking in an exaggerated way that shook her up and down. She loves that. I always give her a choice,
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“Do you want to go down the stairs the regular way, or the fun way?” Of course she always picks the fun way. At the bottom of the stairs I set her down, and she looked up at me. “Papa,” she said, “will there be stairs in heaven?”
“Well,” I said, “I don’t know. Why do you ask?”
“Because,” she replied, “I want you to carry me down the steps of heaven the fun way.” Will I be carrying Lucy up and down heavenly stairs someday? Will she be carrying me? I don’t know. But I do know we’ll be having fun together, as Lucy grows up and places her faith in Jesus Christ, and we both look forward to heaven. God’s ultimate plan is to bring heaven and earth together. He will not abandon His creation; He will restore it.
In Acts 3:19–21 (NIV), in the midst of an impromptu evangelistic sermon in the temple courtyard, Peter declared: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
He will restore the lives of His sons and daughters.
He will restore our bodies. He will restore our very planet. He will bring all things in heaven and earth together under one head, even Christ, according to Ephesians 1:10.