“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” – Revelation 21:5
While the emphasis of many conversations regarding the return of Christ or “the last days” focuses on endings, the Bible’s emphasis is on beginnings. God’s Kingdom is about new beginnings.
Though sin has a pervasive impact on all of human history (see Genesis 3), God has never allowed sin or death to have the last word.
In Jesus Christ, God has given His final word: a word of victory!
According to Scripture, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus mark the defeat of sin and death, and thus a new chapter in the development of God’s relationship to humanity.
There will come a time (the second coming of Jesus) when what the cross and empty tomb accomplished will be fully realized by all.
In the meantime, we are living in a new reality that Jesus made possible for us: the end of the power of death and the beginning of the Kingdom that will never end!
As Christians, our “new year” begins with the start of Advent. We can encourage those around us to embrace a new beginning that comes by knowing and following Jesus Christ, who has come to bring an end to sin and death and a new beginning for all!
Prayer for the Week:
Gracious God: Help us to know what to embrace and what to leave behind as we move into a new day. In all things, may we acknowledge You and lean on You for our daily needs. May we meet You in our everyday moments, and may Your Spirit lead us in such a way that we become instruments of Your peace toward all we meet. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Charles W. Christian is managing editor of Holiness Today.
Written for Coffee Break with Holiness Today.