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Oct012015

New Creation

One of the ways the church has talked about what is happening in Holy Week is that God is making a new creation, God is remaking this world into a new world. This world is still a part of it this new creation, but that God is making it whole. God is fixing and healing what is broken, and the death and especially the resurrection of Jesus is the way God is doing that.  As Bishop NT Wright writes:

“It is a matter of glimpsing that in God's new creation, of which Jesus's resurrection is the start, all that was good in the original creation is reaffirmed. All that has corrupted and defaced it--including many things which are woven so tightly into the fabric of the world as we know it that we can't imagine being without them--will be done away. Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption.”   

This new creation starts in Jesus resurrection and is completed at his return, but we are still very much a part of its story. This new creation is not something only far away but lived out in our everyday lives as we live out those lives as reflections of the life of Jesus.  Paul makes this point very clear in 2 Cor 5, as he connects the new creation with being in Christ.  The old has passed away and everything has become new, and this newness is found through God reconciling all things in Christ and we find that new creation as we are also reconciled to God and to all things.

“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.”

The new world is not some far off future.  Resurrection is not some far off past.  This new creation is here all around us pulsing with life.  As ambassadors of Jesus we participate in manifesting this new creation in our daily lives.  Every time we forgive one another, every time we reconcile, when we are patient and kind, compassionate and humble we make it a reality in our lives and in the lives of others.  The new creation is made real to us as the truth of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus becomes the truth that shapes our lives.  I pray that the spirit of resurrection, the spirit of new creation, the spirit of Christ be alive in your every moment this Easter.

 

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