All Things New
As spring is born delicate shoots sprout from cold barren land, gangly fawns graze in blossom-filled meadows, and frozen streams thaw into a trickling brooks once again. A new beginning has come, and with it a sense of anticipation and hope.
There is something fascinating and beautiful about spring that captures our attention and lifts our spirits: the abundance of new life that surrounds us. If we are enamored with the newness of life in creation, it is no wonder that we crave newness of life in our own souls. It seems every day you hear of someone who is seeking to reinvent his or her self: a new diet, exercise plan, life philosophy, career change, etc. We seek out opportunities to start afresh or in essence, to make ourselves anew.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we see the solution to this ever-present human need: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (NKJV). Through Christ, we have the opportunity to be made new, to be born again into a life of fulfillment, purpose and hope.
In 1 Peter 1:3 we see a greater picture of how we can access new life through Christ: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (ESV). So we see that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can be born again into a living hope.
In fact, Jesus himself spoke of being born again when he was approached by Nicodemus, a man of stature and position. Nicodemus sought him out seeking to learn from him and Jesus’ reply was that Nicodemus must be born again (John 3). When Nicodemus questioned Jesus, asking how it was possible for someone to be physically reborn, Jesus replied that this new birth was one of the water and Spirit. Jesus also makes it clear that unless we are born again, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
In Acts 2, Peter also gives an answer when he is asked what one must do to be saved, and he replies with the same answer as Jesus, but in even greater detail: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (KJV). If we read this in the context of Jesus’ words, we see that to be reborn of the water and the spirit means to be water baptised and to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Through this we identify with Christ’s burial and resurrection, we are born with Him and we are made a new creation! Jesus said that he came to bring abundant life (John 10:10), and that through Him we have access to eternal life (John 3:16).
Perhaps this spring, you find yourself longing for a change, for a life of greater purpose and a fresh start.
I would encourage you, before you seek to reinvent yourself, try the One who makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). Begin your new life in Christ, and find joy, peace and contentment and a hope for eternity!