by: Jeff Poppinga
Another Christmas has come and gone. The presents were opened with much anticipation and delight, but truth be told, some of the newness and excitement has already worn off. I think we all enjoy getting something new, but truth be told, new things become old things pretty quickly.
The new things of this world have an incredibly short shelf life. There are storage units full of things that used to be new. There are garages full of things that used to be new. There are houses full of things that used to be new. The houses, garages and storage units used to be new too!
Will the next new thing we get be the thing that does not fade away, become old, or break? Will the next new thing be the thing that satisfies our desire for something more, something better, and something meaningful and lasting? In the world we live and observe we could say the new passes away and all things become old. The new clothes we get to wear eventually wear out. And we often buy new clothes in an attempt to draw attention away from our very own bodies that are wearing out. The things we buy for ourselves and our very own selves eventually wear out.
No matter how often I buy something new, the new keeps passing away and all things become old. But God has shown us a different way; God has reversed the curse. He tells us in his word, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Did you catch that? The old has passed away and the new has come! Elsewhere Jesus is quoted as proclaiming, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5a). God, through Christ Jesus, is making all things new and the old is passing away.
Whatever we make or produce just adds to the pile of old things. Try as we might, everything we make becomes old; it is new but for a moment. But God, through Christ, is making all things new. We once were dead in our sin but God gave us “new” life in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:1-10). Our bodies are now mortal and perishable, but when Christ comes again, we will be raised with “new” immortal and imperishable bodies (see 1 Corinthians 15:50-55). We are also told that “creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption” (Romans 8:21) and that there will be “a new heaven and new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Revelation 21:1).
In welcoming in the New Year, don’t focus on the new things of this world that pass away and become old. Instead, focus on Jesus Christ, through whom, the old is passing away and all things are being made new. Believe on the Lord Jesus and experience new life today. Happy New Year!