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The New You and the New Year

Thoughts of a new beginning appeal to every one of us. Everyone can begin again at the foot of the cross of Christ, and any person wanting to begin life anew must come to him in repentance and in faith. Paul expressed it this way: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Realistically, there can be no new beginning in the New Year without a new you. A flip of the calendar changes nothing. Unless something happens inside us, we will be plagued by the same mistakes and enslaved by the same habits, and be victims of the same failures year after year. But if a man be in Christ he is a new creature—a new person. That makes a new beginning possible.

And there can be no new future without disposing of the past. If we aren’t careful, the past can weigh us down and cripple us in the present. The Bible says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out erased” (Acts 3:19). Think of that: old mistakes, old sins, old failures, old grudges—gone forever.

Christ can do that. Then it can really be said that “all things are become new”—not just a New Year, but new hope, new peace, new power, and a new reason for living. If you want a new life in the New Year, it will take more than resolutions. It will take conversion to Christ. Why not start new today?

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Today's Devotional

The Trustworthiness of Christ

Some startling claims have been made for Jesus Christ. He is acclaimed as the Son of God and the universal Savior of all men. But how do we know that these claims are true and not fairytales or nursery rhymes? How can we be sure Jesus is trustworthy? There are at least three reasons:

1. His universal appeal and magnetism. Jesus is the most fascinating person who ever lived. He has had a unique appeal to people of all classes, cultures, and ages. By common consent, the character of Jesus surpasses that found in any other person. No other character has caught and held the attention of people like he has. Such an unusual and magnetic appeal merits an unusual explanation. The claims must be true.

2. His effects on history. He has energized history as no other person. The test of pragmatism says of the Christian faith: “It works.” Wherever his message has gone, great changes have occurred. Marriages have become more sacred, women have been elevated, education has been stressed, children have been loved more, slaves have been freed, and hospitals have been built. There is more than a chance that reality is behind any person who can hold such positive qualities or religious character that bless our world.

3. Reliable historical records. What we have in the New Testament is a reliable historical witness on par with other historical events. The apostle Paul, who wrote so much about Christ, was an outstanding intellect and intensely educated. His mind could not have been easily captured by hallucination.

The combined evidence is weighty indeed. Jesus is trustworthy. You can believe in him.

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