In the Doctor Who episode, “The Big Bang,” the doctor (who is a Time Lord) reboots the Universe by allowing the Pandorica’s restoration field and the preserved pre-explosion Universe atoms to shine across all of space and time, thus undoing the TARDIS explosion, and restores everything to the way it was before the explosion (Wikipedia).
And this is a great analogy for what Christ (the Lord of Time) did for us on the cross.
But we’re not talking about a physical regeneration of matter. No, this is something much more significant and wonderful. First, let’s talk about what needed to be restored:
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned (Rom.5:12 *)
When Adam (and humankind afterward) began to hide from God because of fear and self-deception, the way was opened through this orphan-hearted alienation for the cosmos itself to be exposed to corruption. Later in Romans, Paul says this:
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Rom.8:19-21 *)
We’ll return to Romans 8 and talk more about this revealing and the redemption of creation another time. In Romans 5, Paul continues by saying that what Adam brought upon the world and all humankind, Jesus restored to all the world and all humankind.
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. (Rom.5:18 *)
How can this be? When Christ, who holds the cosmos together, died on the cross 2,000 years ago, you died…in fact, all died…
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Col.1:17*)
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Cor.5:14 *)
And when Christ was raised to life, you were raised to new life with Him. You see, it isn’t just what Christ did for you, or as you…it’s also what He did to you (see Eph.2:4-6). And it doesn’t matter if you realize it or not, Christ has already done this and you can’t change it. You can only believe it…or deny it. But if you choose to accept it, a whole new way of living opens up for you.
4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Rom.6:4 *)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor.5:16-17 *)
So, you died before you were born. In fact, Jesus redeemed and restored you before you sinned, before the Big Bang itself (see Eph.1:4-6; Rev.13:8). Remember, time is just a temporary illusion we cling to in this life.
Here’s what happened on the cross, what happened to us, and what we proclaim. I like how the Mirror translation renders this passage:
5:18 To now see everything as new is to simply see what God has always known in Christ; we are not debating man’s experience, opinion, or his contribution; this is 100% God’s belief and his doing. In Jesus Christ, God exchanged equivalent value to redeem us to himself. This act of reconciliation is the mandate of our ministry.
5:19 Our ministry declares that Jesus did not act independent of God. Christ is proof that God reconciled the total kosmos to himself. Deity and humanity embraced in Christ; the fallen state of mankind was deleted; their trespasses would no longer count against them! God has placed this message within us. He now announces his friendship with every individual from within us!” (2 Cor.5:18-19 MIRROR *)
The Wikipedia quote says that Doctor Who’s act “restores everything to the way it was before the explosion.” Isn’t this is exactly what Jesus has done? By His “big bang 2” on the cross, He has restored us back to the way we were before the fall.
Everything Christ is, is available to us, and we are complete in Him. All we have to do is receive it and walk in its reality by faith. And, as we do, we progressively realize who we already are in Christ.
Beloved, you and I were put in Christ which means everything Jesus has you have in Him (John 16:13-15; 17:21-24). Our relationship with the Father is Jesus’ relationship with the Father. There is no distance or separation. You and I aren’t God, but He truly is in us….
9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. (Col.2:9-10 AMP *)
God has chosen to make His home in us as we walk in His other-centered, self-giving love; we are His house, His temple (John 14:23; 15:9-12; 1 Cor.6:19). Christ in us is the world’s hope of glory (God’s manifest goodness).
27 Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! (Col.1:27 TPT *)
So, remember…you’re much bigger on the inside that you look on the outside.