Happy New Year
— or is it a HAPPY new year?
That will depend upon the way in which you will face this coming year.
Some face it with a hangover. They have hurried the old year out with a hoot and noised the new one via the pathways of this world’s fancied pleasures.
Some face it with a horror. They know that the dropping of one year for another will not of itself make any welcome change. There will be a cruel, crucial carry-over of problems and perplexities.
Some face it with a hush. Perhaps stark tragedy has struck during this dying year. Or perhaps now at the time-threshold, some loved one is “lingering in the land of the long shadows,” and they walk softly, wishing that this were not a new year.
Here and there will be found those who face it with a “heavenly hallelujah.” These are they who have been to Calvary, having come to know the blessed marvel of, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” IICorinthians 5:17
Being “born again” John 3, there has truly been a brand-new beginning. These have given heed to the requirement of, “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21. These are safely anchored in the “Haven of Rest,” and are more than able to declare, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” II Timothy 1:12. Yes! For them it is truly — HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There is no true NEW year, and there is certainly no HAPPY new year, if it be commenced without Christ and without Calvary. That is a final fact!
I have nothing but pity and sorrow for you if you face this new year with mere resolutions. What is vitally needed is not resolution, but revolution! Yes indeed! There needs to be a radical change in the entire life make-up. What is desperately necessary is not “turning over a new leaf’’ (for the whole book is stained with sin!) but the transformation of a new life. Hear the Word of the Lord: “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24
It will not be wise nor well for you to say, as you have been saying for all these past new years, “Well, I will try to do better,” for such a “better” without the Blessed One, is bitter indeed. Why not say instead: “I will not try to do better but will do the very best, the only right and proper thing. I will turn myself completely over to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is not petty promises made to yourself that count. Rather, what is vitally important are God’s powerful promises, so marvelously, clearly and definitely underwritten in the blood of the cross.
When Christ is claimed and crowned, then everything becomes blessedly NEW! And certainly these years which are now past should have more than sufficed for rejection and refusal. Who can dare tell if you shall reach the end of this present year and welcome another new one?
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 1:18. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31.
Let Christ come into your heart, then this will indeed be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!