HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW

Dr. Steven J. Callis

Irving Berlin’s old “Easter Parade” reveled, “In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.”  Two facts that stand out about Easter Sunday are that more people attend church that day than on any other Sunday of the year, and many people don their new and brightly colored clothes for the church service.

I do not remember much about my parents taking me shopping for Easter clothes, but I do have vivid memories of assisting my wife with that task for our own children.  It actually was enjoyable for the most part, especially when our kids were in their early years.  Knowing that nearly every shopper in the store is there for the same purpose tends to make it seem like we all are shopping together, hoping that every one finds that perfect Easter suit or dress.

Then there is the hunting of Easter Eggs.  Unlike deer and such, Easter Egg season is only open a few days, usually not more than a week.  I suppose that is the reason my kids would not be satisfied with less than four hunts on Easter Sunday afternoon in our back yard.

I have a cartoon of a little boy talking to his friend.  They are in the kitchen, and on the table is the boy’s Easter basket with a bunny sitting on it.  The caption reads, “It’s been a week, and still no eggs!”

Easter is about rebirth, resurrection, and new beginnings; it is “the” time to begin anew, and rests at the very core of Christian belief. Even though many of our American Easter traditions are not tied to the Christian theology of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I have no problem with things like Easter bonnets, Easter eggs, or Easter bunnies (especially the marshmallow ones!), so long as we understand and emphasize the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday, and recognize the symbolism of newness in the clothes and eggs and bunnies.

The New Living Translation of Second Corinthians 5:17 reads like this: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  In His grace He makes all things new.  And the amazing thing about grace is that it is free; unearned, unmerited love from God to man.  And all He asks is that we believe on Him; yes, ‘on’ Him.

It is not enough to believe “in” Him.  It is more than an intellectual assent to His existence.  The true believer whose life is transformed entrusts everything to the sovereignty of Christ:  careers, relationships, finances – – the apostle Peter calls us to cast ALL our cares on Christ because He cares for us and about us.

Let Him make all things new for you this Easter season.  Then find a local church where you can walk the journey with others who also have found their newness in Him.

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One Comment on “HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW”

  1. Connie Callis Says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog posts. I am thankful for Easter and for the reminder that Jesus made everything new when He died on the cross for our sins. It’s hard to think about His cruel death but it means so much to know He did it for me and He did it voluntarily. We can cast all of our cares on Him and know He cares personally for each one of us. I love you!


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