Today we celebrate the beginning of a new year. The old year, with all its disappointments and failings, is over and we view today as the gift of a clean slate. Many people will make resolutions and set goals (some of them grand) for the new year.
However, does a new calendar really wipe away all the mistakes we made? Does it really warrant a new set of promises that often will roll into the disappointments we’ll want to forget next year?
As I was thinking this morning about this ‘human’ celebration and the idea that the change of a calendar can give us a fresh start, it brought to mind a change that is really worth celebrating.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5)
When God “changes the calendar” everything truly is wiped away and for those in Christ there will be no disappointments to follow.
That is the new year I’m looking forward to.