A lot of stuff has been going on...and all of it seems to center on one theme: newness. Recently, I've taken a break from playing bass on the worship team, and it has allowed me to step back and reassess my relationship with Christ. I found that it was not all that I thought it was...it's incredible what true worship will do for you :). So I have entered into a new relationship with God; not merely a better one, but a new one, a different one. Things have changed.
On the topic of worship, our team has been enduring a bit of a shakeup lately. I have been gone for a couple of weeks, and we're going to have to reshuffle things in the future. But it is all part of God's plan for the Youth Group and for Kingsfield. I don't mind telling you that I am psyched to see what God is gonna do with us in the months and years to come.
Some thoughts on newness:
As the celebration of the Resurrection has passed, we, as did the disciples, enter into a place of renewal. Remember, they legitimately thought that Christ was dead and gone forever. As Jews, they had no idea that He could resurrect Himself: they did not believe in the resurrection, not until the last day. Yet, on that Sunday morning, when the women found the tomb empty, their whole world was shaken up once again. Jesus of Nazareth had died, but was alive. Finally, they knew who He was: the Lamb of God come to take the sins of the world.
Easter gives us that opportunity: to know Him as He wants us to know Him. To discover Him for who He really is: the living and active Word of God. The good news is that you don't have to wait for any certain day to discover Him, as did the disciples.
This concept of renewal and newness is readily apparent in the Scripture. Revelation 21:5 says that Christ is "The one sitting on the throne (saying), 'See, I am making all things new!'" The Psalms urge us to "sing to the LORD a new song" (Psalm 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1). In Isaiah, God is constantly telling His people that He is doing new things (42:9, 43:19). I love 48:6, "You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you."
What of Jesus? Well Mark 1:29 tells of what the people think of him: "The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, 'What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.'" It's interesting...a new teaching, with authority. John 13:34 speaks more of this new teaching, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
I'm going to have to do a study on this idea of newness...there is so much. But what I want to close with is this: Christ offers us a new life, something different. I am already feeling that difference. Acts 5:20 tells us, "'Go, stand in the temple courts,' he said, 'and tell the people the full message of this new life."' Truly, a new life is given to us. Romans 6:4 expands on this: "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
It all builds to this: "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2nd Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in Christ, and, as such, we must "put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator" (Col 3:10).
Go, and be renewed!
That's all for now,