December 29, 2017
The God of Fresh Starts
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
God is a God of fresh starts.
In the beginning, He spoke a new world into existence.
He gave Adam and Eve everything they needed and could ever want.
After their sin, He personally provided skins from animals giving them a fresh start.
The sacrificial system would provide for a fresh start: the cleansing and forgiveness for the Old Testament worshiper year after year.
At the right time, the one-time-for-all-time Perfect Sacrifice made a fresh start possible for all by His death, burial, and resurrection.
In Christ, we have new life by His initial forgiveness and the fresh start of ongoing forgiveness as we confess our sins to Him.
By His resurrection, Jesus gives us a fresh start as we pass from death to life.
And one day, He will make "everything new!"
This year is winding down. But with Jesus, every day is a day of fresh starts. Whatever this past year has held, remember, our hope is in God ... the God of fresh starts.
Father, thank You for being a God who allows us clean, fresh starts. Thank You for the newness You provide in this life and for eternity! In Jesus' name. Amen.