Michael Jackson has died. What an extraordinary, yet, extraordinarily tragic life. From what I’ve read and heard over the years, Michael Jackson was a generous, sensitive, incredibly talented person who was surrounded by the opulence of his own success but a person who was ever dissatisfied. He was a man on a mission, a mission to remake his life. The world witnessed his constant transformation from changing skin color (he said it was disease-caused) to multiple plastic surgeries (in later years he couldn’t even smile) to religion (from Jehovah’s Witness to Islam to Kabbalah – a type of Jewish mysticism also practiced by Madonna). Even his 2800 acre Neverland Ranch in California seemed, in my opinion, to be a desperate bid to escape the pain of the real world.
We are all trying to change, aren’t we? Or, at least we try to cope with pain, suffering, confusion, frustration, loss, yet, too often, we try to change the externals of life, our appearance, for example, but we manage to make things so much worse. We need change in direction, focus, attitude, and perspective but changing direction and focus in the real world is not easy … but it can be changed!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
The term “new creation” means a new building, a new creature. This is a promise: if you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you ARE, at this very moment, a brand-new creation, a brand-new building in the Lord. You now have the potential to act out that transformation with a whole new attitude, a whole new outlook on life.
Paul writes that “old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” “Behold,” look, be a witness to the fact that all things have become new. This describes a reality that is not, at first, discernible with physical eyes, but with eyes of faith. It’s taking a different attitude, a different perspective, a Godly perspective on life and it’s circumstances.
We are living in times of building turmoil among peoples and nations. Threats of war from North Korea, civil and political unrest in Iran, terrorist threats from Muslim fanatics, threats of greater inflation and job loss in this country – we are living in dangerous times. The suffering and potential for more suffering is great. The change surrounding us is accelerating and we cannot possibly manage the changes on our own.
If we don’t start viewing life from God’s perspective, we will simply be tragic victims and never victors. As Christians, if we do not boldly confess, apply and stand on the Word of God in this hour, if we do not proclaim from the housetops the truth of Jesus Christ’s salvation, then the world will continue to view us as inconsequential freaks.
Jesus Christ came to live, suffer, die and be raised so that we would believe and trust Him and, thus, be born again – a brand-new creation!
Now, today, live the life of a new creation in Christ while you have life and breath on this earth. Allow Jesus to transform the people and the world around you. He will do so even to the end of time:
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 21:4-6a (NKJV)