Both of those words are compelling to the human race, don’t you think?
Who doesn’t yearn for the new, the unspoiled, the fresh?
Who doesn’t want life—a good life, a productive life, an enjoyable life?
When these two words are placed side by side, hope emerges.
Is it possible? Can it be?
Store shelves boast of products to bring about the new.
New skin. New hair. New style. New taste.
Is there truly a longing for the new?
Consider these words from the book of Ephesians:
We should have suffered God’s anger because we were sinful by nature. We were the same as all other people. But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. —Ephesians 2:3b-5
When we come to the realization that we are in the worst of situations—-lost and separated from God because of our sin—-the promise of forgiveness and new life through Jesus becomes the ultimate desire.
New Life In Christ.
When these four words are placed side by side, hope emerges.