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New Years Day
Posted: Dec 30, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

As 2009 draws to a close, my mind has been racing back through the craziness that was this year. Looking back at this past year, there are so many memories. I can think of many things that went well and several others that didn’t go so well. As the calendar turns and we head towards a new decade, many people (myself included) begin the process of self evaluation. January 1 seems to always be the day the people start the diet, hit the gym, take the class, or kick the habit. There is something about that day that brings about a freshness in our lives. On January 1, there just seems to be a new zeel for life. Now I know I am not the only one that can look back at 2009 and see some victories as well as defeats. I am sure all of us would be able to say something similar.

In Old Testament times, the Israelites would celebrate a very important day once a year called the Day of Atonement. Jews today know it as Yam Kippur. On this day, the priest would go before the Lord on behalf of the people of Israel offering a sacrifice in the form of a bull or a goat as payment for the sins of the people for that year. The priest would lay his hands on the bull or goat symbolically transferring the transgressions of the people onto the animal. The animal would be sacrificed and the sins would be forgiven. The only problem with that (okay there were many problems with that) was that it never worked. The Israelites continued to mess up, Disobey God and end up in the same position year after year.

Then, something incredible happened. God sent His son to be the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus died to be the ultimate atonement. When Jesus died on the cross, God laid on Him the sins of all of us just like that priest put the sins of the people of Israel on the bull or goat. But this system is so much better. Before Jesus breathed His last breath He said, “It is finished!” What was finished? The endless requirement of the sacrifice of animals for the sins of mankind. The debt had been paid in the form of the innocent son of God.

As we move forward into a new year, remember that you don’t need the change in a calendar to launch you into becoming a better you. All you need is something that already happened. Jesus died for you. He died for your guilt and shame. He died for your destructive habit that you can’t shake. He died for your depression. He died for those mistakes that you wish you could take back.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

I pray 2010 is the greatest year of your life.

With Expectancy!


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