Revelation 21:5 “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See I am making all things new’…”
January 1, 2019 brings the beginning of a new year. It’s a time for celebration and joy as one looks to the future; it’s also a time for reflection and contemplation as one looks to the past.
Christmas is over. All the packages have been ripped open. The toys have all been played with. The batteries are all worn out. The rush and joy of Christmas is no longer. All those brand new things that filled eyes and hands with joy and excitement are already things of the past, played with, worn out, used.
We take new things and quickly turn them into something old and used. Our clothes, our cars, our toys are all consumed by us and quickly become old and used. Even our personal life and relationships move from new to old. What was once new and exciting (maybe even thrilling) quickly becomes old and routine. The pattern of our life moves from birth to death; from new to old.
Not with God. God is recreating and restoring the world. God is saving us, doing away with the old and bringing in the new, killing the old sinful Adam and Eve and bringing us into a new relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, creating in Him that new being that flourishes in His new creation.
Years ago, we brought “Stubby” into the shop. “Stubby “ was an old beater of a car my wife used for commuting. It was worn and rusty and had 170,000 miles on the odometer. It was running rough and dying on us. We feared ol’ “Stubby” was dying. We left “Stubby” in the mechanics’ hands and said “Fix it”
A couple of days later we picked up the car, stepped on the gas and “Zoom!”, away we went. It was amazing what had happened. Our old car was just like new. It had “Zip!”
When God creates something new, God just doesn’t tune us up or refurbish us. God is actually creating someone new, brand new. Not like a recycled tire or a repaired car but one that is brand new, all new, with no wear or tear. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
As we look back on the past year, not all of us are filled with joy. Some are tired; others are old, just plain old; still others look back on personal tragedy and difficulties that fill them with grief and sorrow, frustration and even depression.
As we look to the future, know God is working in the world, know God is working in you and me. Before us in the One who saves us, the One who takes our sinful worn-out self and, in Jesus Christ, creates something NEW! You are a new creation, a new being in Jesus Christ, our Lord! Listen to the LORD, “See, I am making all things new.”