A New Year – Are You Ready For a New Beginning?

“…for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
— Jeremiah 31:34

It’s a New Year — 2010. Maybe you make New Year’s resolutions, maybe you don’t. But for most people, the New Year signals a time for change, an opportunity to re-create our lives and our circumstances.

The Christian radio station I listen to (KMTC) told the top 10 New Year’s resolutions; nothing too surprising. It included things like lose weight, get fit, get out of debt — the usual stuff.

The thing is, with God, every moment can be a new beginning. We serve a God of new beginnings. In fact, he is so good to us, that I think we often just kind of gloss over it, because we truly don’t get it.

You know the old saying: “forgive and forget”. Well, for us, that’s easier said than done. In fact, I’d say it’s pretty impossible. We may forgive, but as much as we might try to forget, the memory of that person’s wrong is still there in our mind. We may not think about it much, and we may not ever talk about it, but it’s there. We don’t have God’s ability to “remember their sin no more”.

That’s why it’s so hard for us to believe that God loves us as much as he does. We look at all of the times we’ve failed. We look at our long laundry list and wonder how he could possibly forgive us. We compare our faults to those who are better than we are, and even though we know it isn’t true, we still feel that God must love them more than us because they are so much better.

We get caught up in the “works vs. faith” routine, and that’s a position we really don’t want to get ourselves into.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Merry christmas quotes 2021
— Matthew 5:17

You see, Jesus fulfilled the law because he knew we couldn’t. He didn’t fulfill the law so that we wouldn’t have to follow it anymore, but so that we would be judged under a different set of circumstances. We aren’t judged by the letter of the law anymore, but we are covered by grace.

When God the Father looks at us, he doesn’t see us, he sees his son: faultless, sinless, perfect…

Do we really get that? Really?

Take a look at the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11). Look at the people listed there.

First we have Moses. He was a real hothead. In fact, he let his emotions take over and killed an Egyptian.

Or take Jacob. Jacob was a liar and a thief. He cheated his brother, Esau, out of his rightful inheritance.

Rahab of Jericho was a prostitute. Yet, she is in the lineage of Jesus.

What about king David? He had a man killed so that he have his wife.

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