No Longer I Who Live

The old and the new. Am I talking about the old and new testaments? I could be. Am I talking about how I feel when I get up in the morning now verses when I was much younger? Well, I do feel old. It could be that.

No, none of these things. I am talking about the old man and the new man in Christ. I have been made new in light of the insurmountable gift found in His cross and shed in His blood.

Spanish Conquistadors searched for years for the fountain of youth in the new world, or so the story goes. They thought it would be in Florida. The fact is, everyone is searching for this fountain, whether it be in a magic pill or exercise or medical treatment. We all want life, life like when we were young. We keep looking for the next breakthrough or the next discovery. But eternal youth and vitality are not to be experienced in this life. We are subject to sin and it’s inevitable corruption. These bodies will waste away to nothing (cheery thought).

But the search for the fountain of youth was not in vain. For the fountain is not filled with water, but with blood. Stay with me here. Eternal youth, the vitality of life, can be found in soul-cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. Our bodies will waste away because the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ. It is no mere life spent unending with the Lord, but a full, vibrant, joyful experience. All that we have here is the preparation. We are in labor pains even now, waiting for what will be born anew. But for those of us in Christ, we have already begun that new life, because our old selves, corrupted by sin, have been put to death on Jesus’ cross, and we experience the new and better life now.

Are you still looking for the fountain of youth? Look to Jesus, the way, the truth, and the LIFE.

God bless you today!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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