Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I like new things. The new car smell has a thrilling appeal (before you make all those payments). A new computer, bicycle, home, clothes all have that feel of excitement. The newness of the new is not a new feeling but a feeling of how wonderful it is to have something that is new. Unmarked. Free from defect. Shiny. New.
Today is a new day. Today is a new week. We begin this week with a new month. This is a time of new things. Worship today is a day of new beginnings. What I enjoy most of Sunday mornings is the new smell of a new week and what better way to begin than to share worship with my brethren. We put our ‘Sunday Go To Meeting Clothes’ on and enjoy a time of Bible study, singing, praying, remembering and learning. There is also the fellowship that is a great way to start a new day and a new week. I like new days and Sunday is my favorite.
The most important thing about today is that it was a NEW NEW DAY about two thousand years ago. Something happened that had never happened before and has never happened since but will happen again in the future. It was on the first day of the week that Jesus came forth from the grave. It was a new day like no other. When He came forth He was never to die again – newness. A new way of salvation was given. A new sacrifice, a new pattern of love and mercy, a new hope and a new beginning for you and I. Because of what happened on the first day of the week we have a new focus.
Obedience to the will of God begins with a new creation. The blood of Jesus washes our sins away and we begin NEW. Our sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west and we are NEW creation. Today we celebrate our new creation in worship to our God. Each day is a new day for us because of His grace. We will fail at times because of sin but we have the victory through Him and we can begin NEW again. Praise God for His power of forgiveness.
The greatest joy is to know that when life ends a new life begins. What joy in the new creation we find in death. Because Christ arose on the first day of the week we have the hope of the new day in our life with Him. Isn’t that fantastic? What a joy to know we have a new day, a new promise and a new way of living. I like new things. I love this newness best of all.
A positive thing: in Joy one does not only feel secure, but something goes out from one’s self to the universe, a warm, possessive effluence of love. (John Buchan, Pilgrim’s Way, 1940)