If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)
One of the great things about any birth is the way it brings a feeling of newness into the world. Even with the chaos and exhaustion that surrounds giving birth, you still can't help but be captured by the innocence of that new life right there in front of you.
Mary and Joseph must have had that sense, even though their journey to Bethlehem was absolutely grueling and the timing of Jesus entrance completely inconvenient. At some point, the parents of Jesus had to have sensed the great joy of that new life given to them by God.
In the above verse, Paul passes that same feeling on to us, for he is completely convinced that anyone who has an experience with Christ is made new. When I think about all of you at Canyon Creek, I feel it too, that deep sense of joy that renews my heart and gives me hope. In this Christmas season, and as the ball drops on New Year's Day, may you experience the newness of Jesus Christ, God's refreshing gift of hope for us all.
Published on 12/19/2016 @ 9:28 PM CDT