Summary: What type of Newness is meaningful? Basic outline: (1) Newness will be experienced in full through Jesus alone, (2) Newness can be experienced now through Internal Transformation through Jesus alone, (3) Will you experience Newness through Jesus?
GKJ (Glorious King Jesus)
January 2, 2011
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Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
At the start of each New Year, there is a façade of newness. People make resolutions to try to change their ways, in order to experience somewhat of a new feeling in their lives. The Government compiled some statistics on the most common New Year's Resolutions --
- Lose Weight
- Get out of Debt
- Save Money
- Find a better Job
- Get in Shape (e.g. Get a Gym Membership)
- Go back to School
- Drink less
- Stop smoking
- Decrease Stress (in Life and at Work)
- Go on a Vacation
- Help others somehow (volunteering?)
(USA Government Website, http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml)
Many of these changes can be positive, but also note how many are focused on material ends. Though these changes only result in a very fleeting feeling of newness, things as a whole tend to be just about the same as it was the year before. Even more, most of these resolutions go unfulfilled, as many people forget exactly what they resolved a week later! So much for new beginnings!
Indeed, the only reality of true 'Newness' is provided by our Savior. In this life, we can share in Newness of life through faith in Jesus and the acceptance of His Sacrifice for our sins. In the coming life, we have the promise of a New Heaven and a New Earth. What makes this promised place so new?
Last week, as you may remember, we discussed the significance of who Jesus was, as highlighted by the gifts of the wise men from afar. The Gold was just a shadow in showing that Jesus is our King of kings!
What type of Kingdom does Jesus have?
- A Kingdom of Peace: He will wipe away every tear.
- A Kingdom of Newness and Restoration: He makes all things new.
- An Everlasting Kingdom: His reign is NOW as well as will be Restored in full. The end has already been written -- we know that He wins!
This New Heaven and New Earth will have no sin, no separation from God, no suffering, no evil. It is truly a place of rest and joy, where we can be in the presence of God in fellowship with thousands upon thousands of redeemed sinners.
Before we discuss the bulk of the message and our text today, let's pray.
- Newness will be experienced in full through Jesus alone
- Newness can be experienced now through Internal Transformation through Jesus alone
- Will you experience Newness through Jesus?
Main Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.