Redemption is not simply making creation a bit better, as the myth of progress would try to suggest. Nor is it rescuing spirits and souls from an evil material world, as the the myth of escape would try to say.
Redemption is the remaking of creation, having dealt with the evil that is defacing and distorting it. And it is accomplished by the same God, know known in Jesus Christ, through whom it was made in the first place..Paul declares that the gospel has already been announced to every creature under heaven (1:23). What has happened in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in other words, is by no means limited to its effects on those human beings who believe the gospel and thereby find new life here and hereafter. It resonates out, in ways that we can’t fully see or understand, into the vast recesses of the universe.
“To put it at its most basic: the resurrection of Jesus offers itself, to the student of history or science no less than the Christian or the theologian, not as an odd event within the world as it is but as the utterly characteristic, prototypical, and foundational event within the world as it has begun to be. It is not an absurd event within the old world but the symbol and starting point of the new world. The claim advanced in Christianity is of that magnitude: Jesus of Nazareth ushers in not simply a new religious possibility, not simply a new ethic or a new way of salvation, but a new creation.” -N.T. Wright
Changes that happened to the Jewish belief in the resurrection through the early Christians. We will see that 1) the resurrection moved from the periphery to the center of the faith, 2) the resurrection changed what belief in the messiah meant, and 3) the resurrection motivated the early Christians (and you and I) to change the present in light of the future.
Jesus teaches them that they should pray for God’s kingdom to come, not referring to our escape from this world into another one, but to God’s sovereign rule coming “on earth as it is in heaven.”