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.
- Ephesians 1:10
From the beginning of time, mankind has searched for peace. He has joined peace movements. He has marched for peace. He has awarded prizes for peace. He has even gone to war for peace. And when you hear of someone being arrested for disturbing the peace, you wonder where they found any to disturb.
There are people today who put bumper stickers on their car that say, "Visualize world peace." Then they cut you off on the freeway.
One day there will be peace. But it won't be brought about by the United Nations. It won't be brought about by any nation. It will be brought about by God Himself. It will happen when the Creator Himself returns, takes possession of what is rightfully His, and hangs a sign over this war-weary planet that says, "Under new management." Christ will return, and He will bring lasting peace.
God's perfect plan, according to Ephesians 1:10, is to "bring everything together under the authority of Christ."
Peter preached in Acts 3:21 that Christ "must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets." God is going to make earth into heaven and heaven into earth. Just as the wall that separates man and God was torn down as a result of the Cross, so too will the wall that separates heaven and earth be demolished.
Have you ever seen a completely restored classic car cruise down the street? It catches your eye. You think, That is awesome! That is beautiful! That is incredible! That is because you love to see something restored to its original condition.
God is into restoration. He is into restoring lives. He is into restoring bodies. And He is even into restoring our planet.