Pastor's Corner

January 2020

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

New Year is a time for reflection and looking forward to another year. A lot can happen in one year, there have been special milestones reached for you or your family members and they will fondly look back at the year 2019. But for others it might be a year marked by loss of loved ones, betrayal, rejection, and other tragic events that sometimes just blind side us out of the clear blue. And so some will be looking back at the same year 2019, and say finally that year is behind me. We should be sensitive to each other during times like these. Because we might not be sure how kind or difficult the past year has been to our friends.

2 Corinthians chapter 5, St. Paul reminds us spiritually to look at each other in a spiritual way as well. As brothers and sisters in Christ, united in the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead on Easter. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:16-17)

As Christians, we always have a way of starting fresh, no matter what day or season of the year it is. Through confessing our sins, we have the promise of God, that we will be forgiven and the slate is wiped clean. Confession and absolution are always linked together for Christians. We confess our sins, confident in God’s promises. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) God has promised us mercy and grace in response to our faith in His Son. And God doesn’t leave us where we were, He cleans us up and purifies us from all the unrighteousness. Those sins, are not just ones that we committed but also the sins that have been committed against us. God dresses us up in Christ’s righteousness and exchanges our rags, for Christ’s robes of holiness. That is a picture of grace, receiving what we will never deserve but what we need to become reconciled Children of the King of the Universe.

And with this adoption into God’s family, we realize that we should treat each other with kindness and mercy, just as Christ has treated us with His kindness and grace. “From now on we should regard no one from a simple worldly point of view.” Why? Because in Christ they are a New Creation, just like you and I are. God wants the best for you in this life and He has a plan for good things to flow from His loving hands for His children.

God’s blessings over the Christmas Holidays and I hope you all have a blessed New Year. As we are reminded that every day, we are new creations in Christ Jesus who saved us, and has redeemed us from the empty ways of living in the world.

In His Peace,

Pastor Ryan