For Unto Us: The Greatness of New Beginnings

As I begin this new journey and this new chapter in my life I am inclined to look at the beauty and tragedy of new beginnings. Scripture is loaded with new beginnings from the first passage to the final revelation. “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1), “In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1), “For unto us is born this day…” (Luke 2), “For unto us a Child is born…” (Isaiah 9), “…the new creation has come…” (2 Corinthians 5), “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” (Revelation 21), and the many other instances of new beginnings in Scripture. Then there are the tragedies which follow: the fall of man into sin and separation (Genesis 3), the betrayal and crucifixion of the Son of God (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19), and the tragedy of souls eternally lost to the condemnation of hell (Revelation 20). Life seems to happen in cycles but glory be to God that on the appointed day the cycles will end in victory provided by the One True God!

I am reminded in the midst of this transition that before the foundations of the earth, before time even existed, God was and God knew. He knew the path my life would take. He knew the ups and downs, the successes and the failures, the good and the bad that would encompass my existence. With all this knowledge, not just for my life but for the lives of all creation, He still chose to make us and call us His own. What a wondrous mystery that God would know of all the new beginnings and the tragedies that would befall His creation and still chose us. I am reminded of the old hymn which asks “what wondrous love is this?” and glimpses the immense nature of just how big God is.

I am also reminded that though tragedy may occur in life there is a Rock to whom I cling. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the great I Am! With this in mind and as we begin, once again, to draw closer to the advent season and the joyous celebration of the birth of Christ let us be mindful that every new beginning must be focused through the lens of God. Without the birth of our Savior there would not have been the tragedy of the cross, but without the tragedy of the cross there would not have been the glorious resurrection of the Christ, the saving grace offered by His propitiation for our sins, and the eternal pleasure of being in the presence of God forevermore!

I want to leave you with this beautiful rewritten rendition of Hallelujah designed to show the amazing truth of the beginning of the story of salvation. He truly is the reason for this season (and all others too)!