New Year, Clean Slate

3 Jan

“Happy New Year” – “Have a Great 2011” – “Even if 2010 was no good for you it’s a fresh start for 2011!”

No doubt you read, wrote or received several such messages over the latest ‘holiday’. Let me be honest, I hate New Years. It’s the biggest non-event of the year. Even worse than birthdays (which if you know me you’ll know I’ve disliked from childhood)! In the words of Russell Brand:

Isn’t Jan 1st just made up? Don’t the Chinese and the Jews have a different new year? It’s all rhubarb. Happy pancake day.

Mr. Brand, I agree whole heartedly…but…

As Christians we should be grateful for any and every reminder of the Gospel. God, in His grace, has littered our days, weeks and years with reminders of Christ’s glorious work.

New Years is purported to be a time of clean slates, fresh starts and this is exactly what should remind us of Calvary. The Gospel could quite easily be described as THE clean slate, THE fresh start. Jesus, dying in our place, has given us new life. It doesn’t get much ‘fresher’ than that! While the clean slate we’ve been given isn’t just another chance to do it ourselves it is a complete washing away of that which went before.

This Sunday in Church we sang the Sovereign Grace song Completely Done which has the chorus:

The old is gone, the new has come
What You complete is completely done
We’re heirs with Christ, the victory won
What You complete is completely done

New Years isn’t the Gospel…the Gospel is so much more. But…New Years is a reminder, it is a pointer to the old going and the new coming thanks to what Christ has done for us.

How about this for a resolution in 2011. As often as we can, let’s try and see God’s gracious reminders of the Gospel in our daily, weekly & monthly lives. I’m sure we’ll be blessed and encouraged by it.

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One Response to “New Year, Clean Slate”

  1. Gethin 06/01/2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Interesting. I prefer new years to birthdays. New years is nice and general.

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