Mark 16:15: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”
One of the final recorded things Jesus said was instruction that His Good News be shared with all creation. I’ve often pondered why Jesus uses the word “creation.” We often think of preaching or sharing the gospel with others as being strictly reserved for human relationships, yet Jesus didn’t say “go tell all people” He said to tell all creation itself.
However, when we connect this with what Paul writes in Romans 8 it may begin to paint a clearer picture of what Jesus was thinking:
Romans 8:18-21: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
In this way, we can see that the fullness of the gospel is intended to liberate not only humankind, but the whole of creation. The brokenness of humanity has created the current suffering we see in the world that keeps the rest of life from flourishing fully as God desires. As we are set free, that freedom spills over into all creation as we venture onward in sharing the Good News with others and all of life.
Why do you think Jesus said to preach the gospel with all creation?