The New Life

By Michael Agnew
By Zabdi Piña
By Kristie Davis
By AJ Jerkins
By John Hames
By Makenzie Romero
By Caroline Khameneh
By Victoria Renken
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Paul Leadabrand
By Dawn Johnson
By DJ Newman
By Mary Weyand
By Rob Nickell
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Nila Odom
By Sherene Joseph Rajadurai
By Kristi Sheffy
By Sharon Arrington
By Sarah Crawford
By Betsy Paul
By Angel Piña
By Elizabeth Piña
By Justus George
By Lori Kuykendall
By Chris Kuykendall
By Matt Holland
By Courtney Grimes
By Jessie Yearwood
By Jeff Black
By Brian Severski
By Brian Arrington
By Sandhya Curran
By Will Meier
By Clint Calhoun
By Jen Mayes
By Alf Laukoter
By Neil Wiersum
By Jim Henry
By Erick Rodriguez
By Jenn Wright
By Kevin Harwood
By Nandi Roszhart
By Leah Vanhorn
By Janett Miller
By Isaac Harris
By Charlyn Valencia
By Chad Golden
By Jonathan Cortina
By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Lauren Geppert
By Jennifer Durrett
By Penny Jones
By Jill Asibelua
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Norm Headlam
By Kristi Herring
By Albán Snider
By Sissy Mathew
By Shannon Pugh
By Melanie Mechsner
By Kyla Mikusek
By Michelle Garza
By Armando Galvan
By Jeremiah Betron
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Amy Aupperlee
By Tiffany Stein
By Barry Jones
By Bryan Eck
By Tricia Kinsman
By Jason Stein
By Nat Pugh
By Sarah Kemper
By Dana Myers
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Andy McQuitty
By Pete Hyndman
By Kevin Dial
By Tarrin Henry
By RozeLee Rugh
By Beverly Hogan
By Kendra Cordero
By Lisa Gajewski
By Bonnie Goree
By Young-Sam Won
By Chris Beach
By Tom Rugh
By Nick Vuicich
By Andy Franks
By Lead Team
By Jason Roszhart
By Harvard Medical School
By Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC
By Sherene Joseph
By Earl Davidson
By Rebecca Perry
By Joe Padilla
By Christian Melendez
By Bruce Riley
By Isaac Harris
By Amy Leadabrand
By Ben Haile
By Shaun Robinson
By Natalie Franks
By Cathy Barnett
By Ryan Sanders
By Casey Pruet, The Grace Alliance
By Sharon Arrington
By Lauren Chapin
By Betsy Paul
By Alberto Negron
By Kelly Jarrell
By Michelle Mayes
By Jenn Wright
By Jill Jackson
By Terri Moore
By Robyn Wise
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

In this Easter season, there’s a particular word you’re going to hear over and again. The word is emblazoned on all the creative work we’re producing these days. The word is even hanging in the worship center, painted bright red and suspended 30 feet above the stage in the space where our cross normally resides. It also happens to be one of the shortest but most powerful words in the English language:

New.

How do we know that’s one of our most powerful words? Because marketers use it over and again, and if marketers do something over and over again it’s because their data tell them it’s working. New styles! New episodes! New products available in New colors! 

New catches our eye. New makes everything else seem old. New stops us in our tracks. It’s almost as though we who are born dying possess an innate thirst for a wine we’ve never tasted. Beyond marketing tactics, New whispers a promise in a secret language only our souls understand. For the people of God, New is not a gimmick — it’s an identity and, at least for me, a helpful corrective. 

I need to hear New over and over again from this community of faith because I need to be reminded of a fundamental reality about what Jesus is doing in me and you: the Christian life is not an incremental self-improvement project. The Christian life is not a better life. The Christian life is a New life. 

As the Apostle Paul declared to the believers in Corinth so long ago, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Jesus did not endure the cross to make you a little less of a liar. Jesus was not raised from the dead to inspire me to be more friendly to other motorists. When we follow Christ, we’re not following him into the land of “-er” — happier than we used to be, healthier than we used to be, wealthier than we used to be, nicer than we used to be, or stronger than we used to be. 

Jesus does not want to make you slightly above average. Jesus wants you to awaken to the fact he has made you New

The story of God is not one of cosmetic upgrades. The story of God is one of resurrection. Of re-creation. The God of this Easter season is not a life coach or a personal trainer — he’s the author of New life! 

I have an alarming tendency to forget that good truth, which is why I need a whole seven weeks of Easter to sit with it and stand in it and learn to lean on it. I need to hear that word — New — over and over again. I need to live in the victory of the one who will declare, “I am making everything New!” (Revelation 21:5) 

All the sudden, the phrase “Happy Easter” means a whole lot more to me now than it ever has before.  

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