Behold I Make All Things New

The Nativity of Christ

I am a maximalist. I realized a few years ago that as stores were putting their decorations up earlier and earlier I was getting less and less offended. I like Christmas. So imagine my sadness at seeing Christmas coming down on the 26th Christmas barely lasted through the day. Surely the incarnation of God as a baby born of human mother in a cave deserves just a bit more from us than one day. The first thing we can say is that God before all the ages being born in time is something so totally new, something so totally unexpected that the angels themselves marveled that He had done this.

What was He doing by becoming one if us? He came not to judge us but to deliver us, to save us. A God who did not reign from on high totally separate from us, but a God who becomes one of us and love us? This is something completely new. Jesus Himself says, “Behold, I make all things new.”—Revelation 21:5.

What has He made new? All things.

The Lord Jesus Christ has set before us a new way of life. The old way of life was, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” But, we are unable to keep the commandments. The Orthodox Church teaches that the Incarnation is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham. It is the completion of the Law of Moses and the fulfillment of the prophets. To the Church, Christ incarnate is the final Prophet, Teacher, and King. He is the Great High Priest of Salvation. The Lord Jesus sets before us another way, “It is of faith, that it might be by grace,” Romans 4:16. “Behold, I make all things new,” says Jesus, and then he makes his people into sons.

There has also been born in us by the work of the Holy Spirit a new life, with all the new feelings, and new desires, and new works, which go with it. The Spirit of God was the kindling of new life in us. From the moment our Baptism and Chrismation, a new life was breathed into us.

What does it mean that is Lord Jesus makes all things new? A new birth is possible for us. There is enough of light in our souls that when we come to confession we realize that we are in darkness; and can reach out to Christ. Listen to Him say, “Behold, I make all things new.” There is nothing so old that he cannot make it new—nothing so fixed and habitual that he cannot change it. We can be made new. You have got to love Christmas! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, Has shone upon the world with the light of knowledge: For thereby they who adored the stars, Through a star were taught To worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, And to know Thee the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory to Thee.

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