Behold I make all things new …
During the holiday season I am reminded of the value of “new.” We all like to get new gifts. New clothes, new kitchen gadgets, new toys, and maybe for some, a new car. I must say, there is something special about receiving new. Whether it is a replacement of something old, or something we have never had before, it implies unused, unworn, unbroken, untouched. It also suggests, I’m worth it. You see, we often associate the value of the gift with our own value.
In the Bible there are several places where God talks about new. Evidently, He believes in and likes new too. And from the context of scripture, the new relates to our relationship with God and His promises to us. He promises a new heaven and earth, a new heart, and to make all things new. But why? Isn’t what we have good enough?
According to the Bible we all have the same problem; we have been stained with sin because of our thoughts, words, and actions, and need to be made new. And it hasn’t just affected us, but our world as well. In addition, we have a dilemma in that, even if we wanted to, we can’t do it ourselves. We are like worn out garments that need to be remade, not just repaired. The only way that can happen is by the One who made us in the first place.
Here is the good news! Through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, we have been given a way to be made new. Jesus Himself called it being born again. The one who accepts this gift receives a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26), clean and free from the condemnation of sin. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it this way, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” And God’s promises extend to this corrupted, polluted, worn out earth as well. He promises the following: “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” (Is. 65:17).
Can you believe it? Like those who love and care for us enough to give us new gifts, God knows what we need, He knows we can’t do anything about it, and He declares to us, you are worth it because I love you. Now that is a gift to receive and remember.