Day 5

January 12

Kai Hollingsworth

Matthew 26:27-29 NIV

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

For context, this passage takes place during the Last Supper. Jesus had just announced that he knows one of his disciples is going to betray him and another will denounce him. This whole chapter ends as a very grim scene, even though this moment is supposed to be about hope and celebration. But Jesus knows what’s coming next, he reassures his disciples that they will all be anew with him, they will have a fresh start and be together again.

In the end they will have a new life with him in heaven. But you don’t have to wait that long to experience a “new beginning”. In fact, it can start tomorrow, or right now! God knows all your faults and mistakes before they happen, yet constantly offers you a new life with him. Like the twelve, you are going to be in denial at first, “I would never do that”, “I’m not going to regret this”, “Of course I know what I’m doing”. Then in the end, feel overcome with grief and guilt once the deed has been done. 

A new beginning doesn’t mean forgetting the past. It means acknowledging our transgressions and making peace with them. Dealing with the past hurt emotions and working through them with God. So that way we can start a new chapter with him because he wants to forgive you. Just as long as you want to start walking with him again. This scene acts as a promise that we will always have a new life with Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for today and for offering me a new beginning. I pray that as we continue to walk together,  I’m able to cherish what you have done, not just for me but for all of us, as we continue or start this new life with you. Thank you that I’m not alone in this journey, or the only one who is walking with you. Amen.

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