New Life to An Old World

It is a new world order.  A new President is arriving in Washington, one few expected even a year ago.  It will be riveting to see how things play out over the next four years.

 

Still; things remain the same.  Life goes on for countless millions of people.  We go to work or school.  We raise our families, pay our bills and hope for a break.  The ancient philosopher Heraclitus posited that the more things change the more they stay the same. 

 

We peer ahead as to the course and content of the winter season.  What will Mother Nature bring our way?  Awaiting our wintry fare has become an annual pastime.  We know that we will get at least some snow and much cold, as we do every year.

 

We are painfully aware of the fact that the Eagles did not make the playoffs.  It is an irritant that the Sixers remain in the doldrums, even thirty years later.  Perhaps the Phillies will take us places; perhaps.  But the Indians still lost and the Patriots still win.

 

And those resolutions that we submitted by the deadline of January 1?  You don’t even have to read the expiration dates to know that most of them have already gone by the wayside.  We wanted things to change, but the more we try, the more they stay the same.

 

And it is true of human nature.  It doesn’t change, the son-of-a-gun: It is tougher, more resilient and durable than one might imagine; more decrepit and depraved than we would care to think; yet ever filled with hopeful propositions and yearnings.  Blaise Pascal has notably quipped that we are half-angel and half-beast.  The former is a noble aspiration; assuredly, but the latter is a disheartening reality; without question.

 

Enter a New Reality.  It is the Gospel, of which we learn through the Scriptures and via the witness of those who have testified of the Reality of Him who has entered and transformed their lives.  It is a New World Order, one that heralds from another Place – i.e. from God, who is, as one commentator has put it, “an indubitable necessity,” because “in Him we live, and move and have our being” (Acts 17.28).

 

Jesus Christ said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14.6).  He said of His purpose that, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10).  The apostolic witness records that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 3.23).  The same witness writes, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.  All this is from God …” (2 Corinthians 5.17, 18).

 

It can change.  It does change.  It will change.  “Behold; I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21.5).  Consider afresh; please, this message, which has been foundational to all that our society has held dear, which is the best hope of our fallen world, and which has proven to be transformative to the lives of many, mine included.  God bless you!

 

Bradley E. Lacey (January 2017)