(another communion meditation)
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s a new year. This is the first Sunday of the new year, the third day into the year, and all of two thousand sixteen is bright and shiny.
So what? Isn’t this the same way we saw last year, and the same way we’ll see next year? In Ecclesiastes 1:9, Solomon says
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.
But that isn’t the end of everything. Lamentations 3:22-23 says
Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
So is everything changing every day? Yes and no. James 1:17 says
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
So things do change – we get gifts, perfect ones, from God, and He doesn’t change. And what is the best gift? Something new, of course. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 says
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Lord, in Your wisdom you made the earth to rotate around the sun, marking days and seasons and years. In Your wisdom, You made a way for us to change from darkness to light, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. And in Revelation, the One who sits on the throne says “Behold, I am making everything new.” Thank You for Jesus’ perfect life and atoning death. Thank You for our new life. In Jesus’ name, amen.