For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert! ––Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)
If you have ever made a terrible mistake, done something foolish in a relationship or blown a great opportunity, you can appreciate the possibility of a new beginning. The chance for a fresh start always lifts the distressed and depressed soul. It brings hope to a hurting, shame filled heart.
Jesus’ birth is about a new beginning. When Christ came into the world He ushered in a whole new era—the age of grace. Jesus put a face on God, and suddenly people could see and experience God’s love in a brand new way. In the birth of Jesus Christ, God came close, He came near to us. We were given a new opportunity to know Him. And as we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts by faith, He does something new in us. He transforms us from the inside out!
As we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, He continues to surprise us with the grace of fresh starts and new things. He never stops making new ways for us. He continually opens new doors for us. He keeps on giving new gifts to us. He consistently provides new relationships for us. He actively prepares a new future for us.
Take time to praise the Lord for Christmas. Because Jesus came we have the joy of fresh starts and new beginnings. Aren’t you thankful for this?
Lord, how amazing is your grace. Over and over you pick us up, clean us up, and forgive us of our sins—you give us fresh starts. You do so many new things in our lives. How could we ever express our gratitude to you for all the new beginnings you have provided us? We appreciate all the new things you do in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.