All Things New
What a Day!
Easter, the day we celebrate The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the most spectacular, important day in the history of the world. It is the day Christ rose from the dead, overcame the evil one and offered us an opportunity to live in a new and life giving way. The world was changed because of that astounding miracle.
What a Week!
Easter is part of the Holy Week. It began on Palm Sunday with shouts of “Hosanna to the King”. It involves the Last Supper where Jesus announced a new covenant was about to be launched. It certainly included the death and burial of Jesus Christ. These events have shaped history by making all things new.
When we consider that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb, we begin to understand that the Holy Week was all about the launching of a new covenant. At the cross when Jesus said, “It is finished” he was referring to the end of the old covenant. This new covenant is so good that we will spend the rest of our lives exploring the depths and richness of what we have inherited.
We’ve come to love the phrase spoken by John the Baptist in John 1:29 when he says “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Unlike the lambs in the Old Testament that God used to forgive sin, Jesus “The Lamb of God” actually takes our sin away. God has broken the power of sin forever through the work of the God-man Jesus Christ – our new hope! We are the recipients of a wonderful blessing.
As good as all the above is, it is the Resurrection that seals the deal. Let me briefly explain. If you remember, Galatians 2:20 says we died with Christ. Jesus didn’t just die for us, he died as us! Elsewhere it says we are buried with Him. But here’s the best part – when Christ was raised to new life, so were we. The resurrection is all about the new creation – the new life. Not only did Christ receive new life when He rose from the grave, but so do we. It is what Hebrews 10:20 calls a new and life giving way.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says we are new creations that never existed before. Jesus didn’t just rise from the dead for us, but rose as us! Our old nature has been made new. Our old desires have been changed to new desires. We are born in the same pattern and likeness as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Oh – we still have a lot to learn as we mature into all that God called us to be. However, what a wonderful journey it is.
If Christ is the firstborn, we are created just like Him–we have been given a newidentity. We have the same Spirit within and the same DNA. We are born of our Father in Heaven with new hope, new life, and new destiny. This new life is so good. It won’t always be easy – but it will be worth it all!
How exciting to see what God’s great plan is. It’s better than most of us thought. In fact as we look back at the events of Holy Week, we can see that Jesus is bigger, better, and more beautiful than we ever imagined.