9th January 2019

We’re Trashing the First,
But God’s got a New One for us

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”
Mark 1:9-11 ESVUK

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1-2 NIV). God was preparing our home. When that first creation was finished, Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden. Then Satan tempted the tenants and as we know, they succumbed and were expelled from Eden to rule the world their own way.

And, as we know, this experiment to do things our way has been at great cost – to ourselves, to the creation itself, and to God. To restore all things, God sent his Son into our dark world. When Jesus came to John to be baptised, it was like a trumpet call announcing the second Adam and the coming of a new creation. Echoing the beginning in Genesis, Jesus went down to be covered by water. As he rose up out of the water, the Spirit descended on him like a dove—a reminder of the time when he hovered over the deep and also when the dove brought back to Noah a sprig of green olive at the end of the flood, heralding the new world.

A voice brought the words of God, endorsing Jesus as his Son. God pronounced his first creation good but our sin has corrupted it. Now the Father makes it clear he is delighted with Jesus. He is the one who will reject Satan and do the will of the Father without flinching, trusting him to the uttermost, even to death, and bring in the second creation and the kingdom of God. Immediately after his baptism Jesus is sent to a confrontation with the devil. Unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus trounces him.

The whole creation groans for the full arrival of that new creation. God is at work bringing it in. In fact, his reign has already broken into our world through the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ. And in Jesus we are already part of that new creation.

Prayer
Regardless of what our day brings, may we rejoice in knowing that you have delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of your beloved, not just for our future, but for the whole of the creation.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com