Prepare to Listen. Light the four colored candles as these words prepare your heart to listen: Everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Prayerfully Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
“There is a new creation.” This sentence can be read in two different ways. First way: There is a new creation. Not there will be. We’re not waiting for it to come. It’s now, in this moment in time. Second way: There is a new creation. Not somewhere hidden and out of sight, but right there in front of you; open your eyes and you will see it. Both ways speak volumes, and both build on the ancient prophet Isaiah’s words about God doing a new thing. Isaiah’s vision was expansive and general, including all nations, and all creation. Paul is more particular, with a narrower focus: “If anyone is in Christ.” That’s where to look for the new creation today, a person in Christ.
A new creation doesn’t mean that those in Christ have their ticket to heaven and can forget about everything else. Neither does it mean that they will be exempt from the troubles and sufferings in this world. They won’t look or feel any different. Being a new creation means seeing the world in a different light and responding to its troubles and sufferings in a different way. It means no longer seeking to earn God’s approval because in Christ we become the righteousness of God, reconciled, restored back into fellowship with God. In Christ we’re free because he came to reconcile us to God, regardless of our transgression, and then gave us this ministry of reconciliation. We’re ambassadors for Christ, messengers of reconciliation, not alienation, not only with God but also with the world.
Since God no longer counts our transgressions against, should we hold another’s sin against them? Think about that today.
Respond to Jesus
Lord Jesus, help me live today in such a way that others look at me and say, ‘There is a new creation.’ Amen.
Live obediently. Be that new creation today.
 Read the biblical texts and meditations for 1st Monday (Nov 29) and 4th Sunday (Dec 19).