Bread – Now

December 31, 2014

Readings for Wednesday, December 31, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19; Psalms 46, 48


From today’s reading in 2 Corinthians, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation … Behold, now is the favorable time,; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 5:17,6:2

And from our reading in John, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12

In the readings quoted above, now is the time to make a decision to either believe or not believe in Christ. The reason is simple – because “now is the favorable time.” There may not be a tomorrow; we may plan our future but our future is really in the hands of God. The past is over and, in and through Christ, forgiven. The present is now; now is the favorable time.

That answers the why now? But what about the why Jesus? He said it most simply Himself – “I am the light of the world.” We can get a lot more detailed than this, explaining how and why, but the essence is stated by Jesus in today’s reading. Why follow Jesus? Why accept Him as Lord and Savior? Because He and no one else is the light of the world.

Now the first half of this Bread is devoted to non-believers, urging them to have faith in Christ now. The second half (to follow) is devoted to believers.

In our readings from 2 Corinthians today, there is more – “All this is from God, who … gave us the message of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.” 2 Cor. 5:18-20

We are ambassadors of Christ in the world, carrying with us a message of reconciliation of God and man, begun in the Christmas season we just celebrated and marching toward the cross and the resurrection. Now, what have we done today in our role as ambassador. Have we acted like an ambassador? Have we reconciled ourselves to God, to our spouses, to our children, neighbors, co-workers, and folks we just meet on the street? Are we talking about the good news of salvation through Christ and Christ alone?

Tomorrow begins the New Year. Maybe we can resolve to live now, reconcile now, act now, think now, preach now, love now in this new year. Maybe we can daily wear our mantle as ambassadors of Christ, now. Now without regrets from the past, knowing that in Christ we are forgiven of our many sins; now without worry toward the future, knowing that our hope is in Christ. If we truly lived as Christians in the now, in the New Year, wouldn’t it indeed be a “new year.”

Behold, now is the favorable time. Yes, it is. The challenge is in what we are going to do with it … now.


© 2014 GBF


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