Not Repaired, But Re-Created

rabbitIt’s inevitable: everything is going to wear out and turn into junk eventually.  You can only repair things for so long until you are forced to admit that it is not longer worth fixing.  The most insightful thought I had during my sermon preparation is that the Old Covenant was a repair kit sent to patch up creation until God began the process of recreation.

The Law of God is good and the commandments are perfect.  But just following the law as best we can will not set us free from sin and death.  It is, however, a much better alternative than living anyway we want.  The law does teach us how to live, but knowing how to live is not enough.  We need to be made new!

The new creation made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection changes us from the inside out.  The transformation begins in our hearts and is completed in the final resurrection of our bodies at the last day.  Then we will truly be new, inside and out!   The deeper we go into the significance of all God accomplished through the cross the more glorious Christ becomes.  The new covenant grounded in the blood of Christ, does what law never could.

God has opened for us “a whole new world” and placed his message of transformation in our hearts.  Live the Story so that all can know their broken lives do not mean that they are finished; it means that they need the power of Jesus blood to become part God’s new creation.  Jesus didn’t come to fix us but to save us by remaking us into his image.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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