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2 Corinthians 5:16-21
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
A New Creation for a New Year
Right now, we’re entering a new year. Of course, I recognize that a new year is just a number that it’ll take a while for most us to remember when filling out a form or writing a check. Neither the history of the world nor the course of our lives will change because of we’ll write a 7 rather than a 6. But even though I think we all understand that’s true, the move from one year to the next certainly has symbolic value. And because of that, it may offer us the opportunity to make some changes in both our attitudes and our actions, you know, how we see our world and what we choose to do about it.
And so, with that in mind, as we enter this new year, maybe it’s a good time to listen to what Paul wrote to the Corinthians and decide that we’re going to live as though we really are new creations, that “everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new.” In other words, maybe this is a wonderful time to live as though we really believe that not only our past has been cleansed through Jesus Christ but so has the past of others; therefore, we might want to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and them for their weaknesses. And maybe it’s a wonderful time to live as though we believe that our destinies are in the hands of a loving and merciful God, one whom we can count on to guide us through the dark valley into the glorious light of a new heaven and a new earth. And maybe it’s time to accept the presence of God which surrounds us and fills us all the time but that we generally fail to recognize much less claim. And even though we always have this opportunity before us, maybe this is the perfect time to live as a new creation for a new year.