All Things New
As I write this, we are on day 11 of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, and we have been spending a lot of time indoors. As the weather warms and Easter draws near, I am more than a little anxious to stop dwelling on the painful and start looking toward the joyful celebrative time of Easter. Easter seems to be the time when we stop focusing on our faults and start looking at God and what God can do.
2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
What a perfect verse for Easter. Through his death on the cross, God, in Christ, forgives us, taking away the guilt of our sins and allowing us to begin again unburdened by those sins. Many of us know the relieved feeling of being forgiven for some misdeed and escaping punishment, still, Christ goes a step further than allowing us to escape punishment, he restores our broken relationship with the one that we have injured. Many of us in childhood may have dodged a spanking from our parents for doing something hurtful to a younger brother or sister, but better than getting out of the pain of the spanking is to have the brother or sister forgive us and accept us as a playmate again. Christ not only gets us out of our just deserts, but he brings us back into close fellowship with the Father allowing us to gain the strength necessary to be stronger next time temptation strikes.
As Easter fast approaches, let us thank God once again that he has made “all things new.”