New is exciting; assuming there is hope. The hope of a new creation is that the goodness uncorrupted may just stay uncorrupted. That seems idealistic, really. New peanut butter is enticing, but it doesn’t seem to last. It get’s gunked up. This year is new, but I can foresee chunks and bits of stuff getting swirled in, and sooner than later. In fact, it’s already started.
So what hope is there? The hope of the resurrection of Jesus was that life is overcome with death and that death (and the gunk that precedes it) will be no more. Well, that’s something.
Is it true? Has God sent a message that the momentary hopes we see rise and fall are sign posts to an actual hope that will rise and not fall? That is what the message bearers say. God sent the message in person:
1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– (2) the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us– (3) that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (4) And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
God is the future. But when does the future get here? We don’t know. So, we take moments of newness and hope and we attach them in our minds to the future hope which was displayed in Christ. There is a day coming…
Revelation 21:3-5 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (5) And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”