So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5: 17
The number eight is the number of new beginnings and represents the first day of a new cycle. For many, the number eight represents new creation or re-creation which springs forth from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection marks the beginning of a new age, an age of regeneration and restoration.
Whenever we pray “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, we are praying that the power of the resurrection will remake us and the world around us.
To truly encounter Christ therefore means that his power of renewal, restoration, abundance, transformation, reconciliation, re-creation changes us. This transformation is happening even now, we call it Christian discipleship. Re-creation might be described as the destination of the discipleship journey inasmuch as we can talk about a destination point!
The resurrection of Jesus represents the possibility of new beginnings and it is for all creation now, breaking even into this very moment. God in Jesus is making all things new, this was and continues to be God’s mission, the mission Jesus started in his earthly ministry and then commissioned his disciples, empowered by the Spirit of new creation - to outwork throughout the world.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 5:18
Re-creation is therefore our job and happens every time we are obedient to God’s will, every time we resist temptation, every time we pick up a piece of litter, clean a stream, heal a wound, embrace the outcast, sit with the mourning, walk with the disillusioned, invest in young people, nurse the sick. As this is done in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus, God’s Kingdom comes.
As we walk out of this Lenten Wilderness, we do so having considered the temptation of Jesus, we do so having experienced the power of Christ’s passion, having been crucified with Christ and now dead to sin. As we walk into all that today holds for us, we do so as one who has been raised with Christ in resurrection power. Now within us, the Spirit of resurrection works the miracle of re-creation – the first fruits of that perpetual tomorrow when we will meet Jesus face to face in resurrected glory.
Lord Jesus, you are the first born from among the dead, the image of new creation.
Let your Kingdom break out here and now, that we may know the reality of your resurrection worked out in all our living.
You are glorious and we praise you now and forevermore.