This is going to be
A glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see
And you will be amazed.
(Lyrics in new Gospel song by Steve Curtis Chapman)
I am waiting for it. I dream about it. The Victory Parade where Jesus rides in triumph, and the whole world looks upon its conqueror, creator, sustainer, redeemer, avenger and King.
We have heard of the other parade. In shame and mockery up the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, with almost everyone writing off the kindly Galilean. And standing in disgust and curiosity at the foot of a grizzly Cross.
We did not see the Homecoming parade in Heavenly portals where angels and translated saints applauded the glorified, resurrected Messiah, mission accomplished. (Read Psalm 45).
For so long in my upbringing I hoped upon a spiritual resurrection and reunion with happy saints in spirit in Heaven. I had no idea of a bodily resurrection and a healing of the planet (Isaiah 11, Psalm 16, Zephaniah in its entirety). But the lights have come on. The sovereignty of God has shone brilliantly. The Plan of Redemption is unstoppable. Look to Romans 8:
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body