But the story is not over yet. All people must decide to either accept or reject what Jesus has done. The life and message of Jesus must be shared with people all over the world so that everyone has this opportunity to respond. Those who accept Jesus are invited into a new way of living, a new community for those who follow Jesus (the church), and a restored relationship with God that is free from guilt, shame, fear, and condemnation. Though we continue to live in a world enslaved to evil and marred by tragedy and struggle, we have a firm hope based on God’s promise that something better is coming: a renewed world that finally ushers in the perfect goodness, peace, joy, and vitality that was always intended for God’s creation. One day Jesus is coming again to make a new heaven and new earth, so God’s perfect creation as he intended is restored. God will be with his people forever, never to be separated again.