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As one year comes to an end and the next begins, we wonder if the days ahead will be any different. We’ve been told that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So why go through this annual ritual of saying, “Happy New Year?” Do we really think that it will be all that new?
Each year brings more of the same – the same old heartaches and disappointments, the same seeking after relationships or things or pleasures that never quite satisfy. Almost three thousand year ago, a very wise king named Solomon had to confess the fact: “There is nothing new under the sun.” He spoke about the seeming pointlessness of it all. There is the endless succession of people onto the stage of life. “one generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever.” The grandchildren soon become the grandparents; the birthing room quickly gives place to the deathbed. In the words of Tennyson, “And our hearts, like drums, are beating funeral marches to the grave.” And the beat goes on.
Everything around us mimics this vain repetition: “The sun also arises, and the sun goes down . . . The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north . . All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from where the rivers come, there they return.”
And our own schedules are like that. You just get the washing done in time to start all over. So it is with haircuts, and yardwork, and paying bills, and car maintenance. Is that all there is to life?
But more than that, he reminds us that “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing” (Eccl. 1:8). The books we read, the things we watch 0 in fact, everything we take in, either to our body or soul doesn’t seem to satisfy. We keep goin back for more. And more. And more.
In Solomon’s view, the sad fact was that things would not appreciably change for the better. “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be,” he said, “and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Must we yield to this fatalism? If what Solomon saw “under the sun” is all that there is, then yes. But what if there’s more to life, a reality beyond this world? Surely there must be more than finding a good job, paying off the mortgage, retiring with a pension, and then having a lovely funeral!
If only there was a way for us to know for sure. Are there resources available so life can be really new? Not trying to turn over a new leaf, but starting a new life. What if there were someone beyond the sun, someone from heaven who would come and tell us about a new beginning, would show us the secret of living it? Then we could know.
The Bible claims to have the answer: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). But that’s too good to be true, isn’t it.
No, it’s so good only God would have thought of it! To think that He would become like His creatures, let them crucify Him, and, while on the cross, take all our sin to Himself, paying the debt we owe God, then rise again and give His kind of life to everyone who would receive Him as Saviour! We never would have though of it. And the amazing thing is that everyone who agrees that they are the sinner Jesus died to save, and have asked Him to save them by grace alone, have found it is true!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16