Posted by Ricky Ragone

Well it’s that time again, the beginning of another year.  In an instant we moved from 2013 into 2014.  One thing that I heard continually as I watched the television broadcast from New York is city was “Its 2014, it’s a new year and a new slate for all of us.  We can forget about 2013 and move into 2014.”  The more I heard that, the more I thought, “Well that’s really not true at all.”  However what that message pointed me toward the truth of the gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  Our slate is not wiped clean because the date has changed, it just doesn’t work that way.   Our slate is wiped clean because of what Christ did for us by leaving His home in heaven, coming down to earth, living as a human (fully man and still fully God), sacrificing himself on the cross, and rising from the grave.  In Christ we are no longer identified by those things we have done, but we are identified by what He has done for us.  When we stand before the throne of judgment Christ is the one who stands there on our behalf saying, “I paid that debt.”  Jefferson Bethke says in his popular YouTube video Jesus > Religion, “See because religion says do, Jesus says done.” It is absolutely nothing about what we do or have done, but all about what Jesus has done.

Jesus deserves all the praise and glory.  May the chorus of “All Glory Be To Christ,” a song we’ve been singing this season be ever on our minds and hearts this year and the years to come.


“All glory be to Christ our king! All glory be to Christ! 

His rule and reign we’ll ever sing, All glory be to Christ!”