The Ultimate New Beginning
Lesson Goal:To better understand the new beginning offered by Jesus Christ.
If you haven’t, you will soon. If you have already, you probably will again. If you haven’t, you don’t have to, but you probably will. Oh, that special time when we take the Christmas decorations down. The Christmas tree is put in its box and sent to that accumulation sight where all good Christmas trees end up. Have you ever noticed, it’s not nearly as much fun to put away all the Christmas stuff as it was to put it out before Christmas?
A Word of Personal Testimony
It’s a fact that I personally try to avoid the “put the stuff away” time. I have told Cindy that putting the stuff away causes me to be depressed. She usually responds that I need to face my fears. My after-Christmas job is to take the boxes and boxes and boxes back down to the basement where they will be safely stored until next Christmas. It’s just really hard for me to get pumped about putting the Christmas stuff away for another year. I guess I still have a lot of little boy in me, even at my age.
In a matter of a few days, the clock will strike midnight, the ball will drop in Time Square, thousands will sing Auld Lang Syne, and 2015 will be history. The new year will bring new beginnings, new resolutions, new dreams to be dreamed.
Please read 2 Corinthians 5:17.
This “Ultimate New Beginning” has nothing to do with a new year or New Year’s resolutions. In fact, many of my well intended New Year’s resolutions don’t even make it into February. The new beginning of this lesson is found in the fact of our position in Jesus Christ when we accept Him as our Savior and Lord.
What does it mean to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?
If Jesus is truly your Savior, do you have a passion and desire to make Him your Lord?
In verse 17, we find the words: “if anyone is in Christ.” Notice the word “anyone.” How are the words “whosoever” and “anyone” related? See John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The “old creation” is our life outside of Jesus Christ before we accept Him as our personal Savior. The “new creation” is our life in Christ. When we become followers of Jesus Christ, through faith in Him as our Savior and Lord, what are some things that become new in our lives ? Allow me to get you started with your answer.
Some things that become new in our lives when we become followers of Jesus include:
1) New eternal destination
2) New friend who will never leave or forsake me
3) New power to live life
What does it mean to you personally that in Jesus you are a new creation?
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can accept Him today and become a new creation experiencing “The Ultimate New Beginning.” Your teacher will be glad to talk with you and help you make the greatest decision of your life. In fact, you can do it right now. Whether you are a teenager, a senior adult or any age in between, simply surrender your life to Christ. You may ask how to do that. It begins with honesty. Just be honest with yourself and with God; admit you are a sinner. You may even want to pray this simple prayer.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and because of my sin I am deserving of hell. But God, You made a way that my sins could be forgiven. So through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, that He was buried, and on the third day He was raised from the dead to live forevermore. Today in faith, I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, and I begin my new journey of life with Him. Today, and for the rest of my life, let me live for You, Jesus. Thank You for saving me. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer today, please tell your teacher, one of our staff members, or come tell me. We want to rejoice with you.
Happy New Beginning! Bro. Mick