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About three weeks ago, my wife and son were rear-ended in our car. No one was hurt. Our car, however, was damaged. The passenger-side rear light was broken, the rear fender was scratched, and the side of the car was dented in several places. We took the car to a certified body repair shop.

Last week, the repairs were completed. All I could say was “Wow”. The passenger side of the car gleamed: the scratches were gone, the dents were filled, and the car had a new fender and new doors. New!

“New” is a wonderful word. It brings a sense of excitement, relief, freshness, wonder, and hope. How many times have we been excited to receive something new? Listen to some of the times the word “new” is used in the New Testament.

At the Last Supper, Jesus took the cup that symbolized God’s grace and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:20). At this Supper, he gave his disciples a new command: “Love one another.” (John 13:34).

When the disciples were imprisoned in Acts 5, an angel frees them and, in verse 20, says, “Go, stand in the temple courts and tell the people all about this new life.” So amazed were the philosophers in Athens when they heard Paul’s teaching about Jesus, in Acts 17:19 they asked, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting.”

The Gospel announces something new, and people, tired of their old ways, weary of their sin, marred by the dents and scratches of this broken world, are looking for this new hope. And we, believers, are living examples of the new that Jesus brings. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

So, what shall we say and do?

We shall praise God. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

We shall turn away from sin. Romans 6:4 says, “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.”

We shall live in unity, regardless of our backgrounds. Ephesians 2:15 says, “His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.”

We shall live day-by-day seeking the transforming power of the Spirit. Colossians 3:10 says we have “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

We shall glow with hope because, as 2 Peter 3:13 says, “in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

My car was repaired. It’s like new. But much more wonderfully, our lives as believers have been repaired. Jesus has given us a new start, new birth, new relationships, and new life. Hallelujah.

視頻大意翻譯 (video Chinese translation):








那麼我們應該說什麼,做什麼呢? 我們要讚美神。彼得前書1:3說:“願頌讚歸與我們主耶穌基督的父 神、他曾照自己的大憐憫、藉耶穌基督從死裏復活、重生了我們、叫我們有活潑的盼望”,我們將遠離罪惡。羅馬書6:4說:「所以我們藉着洗禮歸入死、和他一同埋葬.原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式、像基督藉着父的榮耀、從死裏復活一樣。”

無論我們的背景如何,我們都將合一地生活。以弗所書2:15說:“為要將兩下、藉着自己造成一個新人、如此便成就了和睦。”我們將日復一日地生活,尋求聖靈的改變能力。歌羅西書3:10說我們已經 “穿上了新人.這新人在知識上漸漸更新、正如造他主的形像。” 我們將充滿希望,因為正如彼得後書3:13所說,“但我們照他的應許、盼望新天新地、有義居在其中。”



Grace and peace

Pastor Callum