March 30, 2015: Redeemer of the World

~by Susi Pittman

Now this is the will of him who sent me, the Father, that I should lose nothing of what he has given me, but that I should raise IT up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father who sent me, that whoever beholds the Son, and believes in him, shall have everlasting life,and I will raise HIM up on the last day.

John 6:39-40

This scriptural passage for me, has been food for spiritual thought for as far back as I can remember. (Please note that the capitalization and underlining is my personal editing.) I have always felt in my heart that God exceeds all imagination, all possible human knowledge and all available understanding.

That line of thinking is iterated In Ecclesiastes 3:15 we are told: What now is has already been; what is to be, already is; and God restores what would otherwise be displaced. The *footnote at the bottom of my Bible reads:

*2-Ver. 15. God restores: the meaning is probably that God allows no part of His creation to drop out of existence.

We CANNOT put a limit on our Creator.In my heart, the scripture from the Gospel of John makes clear to me that Jesus redeems the world…the entire world, and those who believe in and love Him.

The Father chose to share in our fallen humanity by connecting with us through THE One, THE Only One to whom the term “worthy” in its absolute perfect and purest sense can be applied, His Son, Jesus. He obeyed The Father unto death accomplishing the definitive redemption planned for humankind and the whole world. Jesus bore our sins upon a tree in perfect redemptive suffering, bringing perfect reparation, perfect atonement and perfect satisfaction. (Fr Barron redemptive suffering)

All that the Father gives to me shall come to me, and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. John 6: 37-38

In doing the will of The Father, Jesus brings to us perfect Love. His desire to redeem us by the Paschal Sacrifice is afforded us by His perfect union with The Father.

For this reason, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. Such is the command I have received from my Father. John 10:17-18

The thought of living in a world without the “grace” to accept in faith the redemptive power of Jesus, would offer life with death…a finite circumstantial existence…survival of the fittest without charity…without beauty…without purpose.

The sun forever shines in the souls of the faithful. The famous American quote by Patrick Henry; Give me liberty or give me death, takes on eternal meaning when applied to your life as a believer and follower of Jesus. Either liberty, or death, the eternal Son indeed does shine in your soul.

I have always been drawn to Jesus through the beauty of the created world and its creatures. Therefore, I am drawn to scripture that consoles me that The Father and The Son keep inventory on all of it and all of us. Doesn’t that seem right? Why would we think that the Creator would forsake that which He created as “very good?”

The Irish theological and philosopher Johannes ScotusEriugena (John Scotus) said:

Christ wears ‘two shoes’ in the world: scripture and nature. Both are necessary to understand the Lord, and at no stage can creation be seen as a separation of things from God.

Sooooo right!!

God intended nothing, not an IT or a HIM or HER to be left orphans. His mercy and His love overwhelms death completely and death nor the devil has a sting. Creation being predestined by God to be what it is in its goodness, leaves only humankind to respond to God’s love by accepting His Son as Redeemer, Lord of our salvation.

So that he may make known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure. And this his good pleasure he purposed in him to be dispensed in the fullness of the times: to re-establish all things in Christ, both those in the heavens and those on the earth. Ephesians 1:9-10

As the created world and its creatures suffer under the subjugation of humankind, it too will realize eternal rest in the Glory of God’s kingdom because of The Redeemer.

For the eager longing of creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For creation was made subject to vanity—not by its own will but by reason of him who made it subject—in hope, because creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. Romans 8:19-22

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31

What an amazing promise! What an amazing journey’s end for us! How beautiful heaven must be!

Never forget the December 6th vision of Saint John Bosco, in which he was shown the “Glorified Natural” of heaven. A place of perfected earthly creation. He remarked to his heavenly guide Saint Dominic; I thought this was paradise…Was not that a heavenly beam?

Saint Dominic tells John Bosco; It was not a supernatural light, though ever so much superior in brilliance than the light of the world. It was nothing more than earthly light rendered ever so dazzling by God’s power. Even if a vast array of light as strong as the ray you saw at the end of that crystal sea were to cover the whole world, it would still not give you an idea of the splendors of paradise.

Believe…accept Jesus and be REDEEMED!

I give thanks to Jesus, My Lord and My God. And I ask Him, Be mindful O Lord of thy creature whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Most Precious Blood.


Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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