Canyon Community Church

One Year Closer

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21)

 It is New Year's Day, 2018.

I'm perfectly aware that our calendar is pretty arbitrary, a way for us to mark the passage of time. So, January 1, 2018 looks remarkably like December 31, 2017. Still, for many of us, it is a milepost and as such, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on the past, consider the present, and look forward to the future.

As a Christian, I certainly do have a past. I was an enemy of God, guilty of cosmic treason against the Creator of the universe. The Bible is full of reminders of my previous spiritual position.

... that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12)

But, praise the Lord, at a point in time, I came to saving faith.  By God's grace, I came to believe that Jesus gave His life on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins, and I believed God raised Him from the dead so that I could have a living relationship with Him. 

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

That is my present spiritual position, and believe me, it is far better.  By faith, I have been welcomed into God's own family, an adopted son, who can look forward to an incredible inheritance.  If the Lord is pleased to take me home before He returns, I will be ushered into the very presence of  my Savior. I need not fear death, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, which is far better. (Philippians 1:23)

But the best is yet to come. Jesus is coming again, and when He does, the present creation will be replaced with new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness will dwell. (2 Peter 3:13) We will receive resurrected bodies that are perfectly adapted to life in the new order, bodies that will not be subject to disease, not subject to death, and best of all, not subject to sin.  The true children of God will be revealed and we will gather around the throne of King Jesus, glorifying Him and enjoying Him forever.

As 2018 begins, we are one year closer to His glorious return.  I can't wait. How about you?

And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)

In Christ for the glory of God,