Archive for January, 2013

January 1, 2013

New Life (January)

A new year gestures to new beginnings, new opportunities, new life.  The beginning of Scripture speaks of life emerging in the midst of formlessness and void.  God steps in creates life from God’s life-giving word.  Suddenly, unexpectedly, this world is filled to the brim with life!  We certainly are benefactors of this gift of life, each new day God wakes us up being a new gift of life for us and our loved ones.

It is no surprise that in the New Testament we find Jesus describing himself none other than “the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).”  The one who is none other than the Creator God not just gives life but is life.  He goes on to say that anyone “who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”  Death will die, and life will live.  We see on the cross and in the tomb Christ overcoming that great enemy death and new life rising.

What’s more, God has invited us to participate in life-giving acts!  Humanity has the ability and honor to procreate, participating in the miracle of bringing new life into the world.  We also nurture these lives through parenting.  Those without parents we adopt or put in families, marshaling our resources to promote the lives of those in need.

We are called to promote the lives of those in need ultimately by pointing them to the One who is Life.  Making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Christ has commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20) promotes the truest life.  Our good works participate in the recreation of this dying world, to which Christ will bring new life at the end of all things.  From beginning to end, God is in the business of bringing life.

This month of January, like many churches, we will be celebrating new beginnings and new life all around us.  We will dedicate those precious lives God has given to us under our care.  We will dedicate the life of Mount Hermon to God.  We will dedicate our very lives once again in this new year.  May we see and understand life as our God, the great Giver of life, sees it.  To God be the Glory!

In Christ,

Pastor Rich