Waiting In Line On Opening Night

Have you ever waited in line for hours to be one of the first to see a new movie?

Maybe you waited decades for another installment of Star Wars. Perhaps, your children were huge Harry Potter fans and you promised to take them if they kept their room clean for a month.

When I was in middle school I loved seeing movies early. It seemed like every other weekend radio stations were giving away free tickets to advanced screenings of a film. More recently, when I was still at Baylor, my friend Ben and I may or may not have waited in line for midnight screenings of the final Harry Potter films. In our defense, we didn’t dress up like wizards, but we did binge on all the previous movies in the days leading up to the release. There’s an electric feeling on an opening night. Something new, something never before seen is about to be unveiled.

This is the kind of excitement Paul has for the Christ followers in the city of Corinth. God is doing a new creation work in their personal lives AND on the stage of human history. The church in Corinth can rejoice, because God is working in their lives to bring a decisive end to all that was old so that new creation can come front and center. The message of Jesus Christ is such good news that when we behold it, it transforms us, and we become spokespeople for the new way of life revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

I wasn’t alive when Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters. But I know that after it’s unveiling science fiction was never the same again. None of us were there when Jesus rose from the dead, but our lives will never be the same.

How do we participate in this new creation life?
What does it mean to be a new creation?
How does God’s work in your life give you hope for your life?
How does God’s work in the world give you hope for the future?