PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR A CHANGE

There are many reasons to like the Back to the Future movie. Great writing, interesting casting, impressive directing and special effects, but most importantly, it brings to screen one of our greatest desires. No. Not to go back and forth in time. But to wake up one morning and realize that life has completely changed.

People want change. We want to be better, smarter, more informed and more connected. Even more, we want the things around us to be better too. We want the economy to get stronger, our politicians to be less corrupt, our spouse to be more supportive, our kids to be more understanding, our bosses to spend more money, our employees to be more prudent with the budget, and of course peace to all mankind. We want to wake up one morning and see the world changed over night; just like what happened to Marty McFly at the end of Back to the Future.

But this is the problem. We are waiting for something to change. We are waiting for someone or something to come and change our lives for the better. When are done with school. Once I get another job. After the kids are out of the house. When we have a new president. After we lose weight. Once we have enough money. If or when these things happen, then our lives will change for the better.

Well here is the Good News. Change is here. Change came to the world on that first Christmas Day and he brought us God’s creative transforming power into his creation. Don’t wait around for change to happen. Change has come and has changed the world.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-17

“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

CHANGE HAS COME

In the passage before this, Paul wrote that he was waiting for the final change to happen. He could not wait for Jesus to give everyone who believes in him the new imperishable body to live in the New Heaven and Earth. This is what every believer is waiting for. For Jesus to come back in all of his glory and set everything right. No more pain, no more tears, no more death, and no more sorrow. We will live and reign with him forever. Paul and all of us are waiting for this final change, final transformation. This is the essence of Christian hope. For Jesus to change and make things right in the end.

But that does not mean that nothing has changed because something happened that first Christmas Day. Jesus came to begin something new. And his transformative work reached its climax during the first Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Paul said in the passage we just read that when he died on that cross, we died with him. And when we died, our old self died there. Our brokenness, our inequities, our selfish desires, these things died with that person on the cross. That person and all these sinful things are no more.

And when Jesus was resurrected and transformed, we were resurrected and transformed along with him. Let me say that again. Jesus came and through his death and resurrection, those who believed in him, we are already changed. The first day that we accept Jesus into our lives, our lives have been changed already there because Jesus has brought God’s transforming power into our lives.

LET JESUS CHANGE YOU TODAY

I don’t know about you but I’m done waiting for the New Year to be who God wants me to be. What are you waiting for? You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to be a better spouse. You don’t have to wait until you get a raise to start being generous. And I know for sure that you don’t have to graduate from Bible School to start taking care of people for Jesus.

God wants to change you and he wants to change you today. He loves you so much that on that first Christmas Day to transform the world and to change each and everyone of us. So this Christmas Day, let’s celebrate God’s greatest gift by allowing his presence to change our lives.