Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

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Forgiven

In his 2014 Canada Reads-winning book, Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto wrote about two of his grandparents – and what he learned from their resilience during the Second World War. What connected their experiences – one a white Canadian captured by the enemy abroad, the other a Japanese-Canadian treated as an enemy back home – and brought them to a kind of emotional closure on the page was the author himself, his very existence as their shared grandson. Somehow, despite facing such enormous transgressions against them, the two families learned to forgive.

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The Bible begins by teaching that God is the Creator. Our world is not the product of natural selection and chance. It has been lovingly created by a God who carefully planned everything before speaking it all into being. The Bible goes on to speak of how sin has marred everything and separated us from our Creator. All of creation has suffered because of sin. God understood this, and so provided a Redeemer – the Lord Jesus. By His death on a Roman cross, Jesus set all things right, and so Paul was able to write, in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” The Creator is still creating – heart by heart, life by life, He is creating new lives, removing sin, implanting His righteousness in everyone who repents of their sin and puts their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If you are longing for a fresh start, Jesus offers something even better – a whole new being. You don’t have to remain in your sin, guilt and shame. You don’t have to strive to be better. Jesus will make you a whole new person.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley