“I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put me in remembrance, let us argue together; set forth your case that you may be proved right.”
“And He who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.‘ Also He said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water of life. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the the message of reconciliation.”
Beautiful sisters and brothers,
I have to share a truth that’s recently been placed on my heart for DEEP contemplation.
Through Christ, all things are made new.
One more time…
Through CHRIST, all things are made NEW.
Now, you may have spent some time praying about this life-giving statement already. I, however, have just recently been hit by the power of this message. And let me tell you, it is the most comforting hit I think I’ve ever taken.
One can see just from these few scriptural passages that Our Father clearly wanted this message to ring in our hearts. He used an Old Testament prophet, Isaiah. Then he slipped it into Saint Paul’s epistles to the thirsty hearts of Corinth. And just in case we happened to forget, He screamed it through the apocalyptic revelation to His servant John.
Clearly, this message of love is VITAL to everlasting life!
This message from Christ, Our Lover, gives me life over and over again. This renewing transformation may be as great as the Absolution from the Sacrament of Reconciliation; however, it is not limited to those grand moments of grace. Those life-giving moments, in my life, are as “simple” as an inhale of breath or a moment of peace amongst the chaos of the day.
I know that ALL grace and peace comes from Him, Our Savior, who was slain for your sake. His Life, Death, and Resurrection continually renews us and reconciles us to Him. That means He brings us back to Him through that Sacrifice. We are brought to Him, Our Lover, for whom our hearts yearn. He calls us back to Him that we may live through and for Him.
Our lives are hectic and messy and exhausting, but they are also filled with love and joy and growth. Our Gracious Lord gives us life over and over and over again.
Pray with me, dear friends, that our hearts, however broken or empty, may be filled with His Life. Look to Him, who saves, for life. His Word is true and trustworthy.