Friday, January 01, 2010

A New Beginning

As we enter a new year, we tend to think of it as a clean slate, a new opportunity to start over. Many people create New Year’s resolutions hoping that a renewed focus on important goals will help give us the new start we desire.

The Bible gives us the clearest answer to the question of how we can start anew. In Revelation 21:5, the Scripture says, “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” Jesus is going to say this in the context of the new heaven and the new earth when all of this fear, pain, fighting and death are done away with for ever. In verse 4 of this passage we are told, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Some may suggest that this is all well and good for some future time, but what about now? In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Christ took our sorrows and sins upon Himself at the cross and they were left in the grave when He was raised. Therefore He can completely forgive all of our sins and say that they have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. What better way to wipe the slate clean and start anew than to come to Christ and let him cleanse us completely from all the baggage the weighs us down.

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