Easter Offers Us a Fresh Start_832
By Rick Warren
— April 8, 2009
“Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven” (1 Peter 1:3-4 MSG).
Evidently, a lot of people would like to have a fresh start in life. Yesterday I typed the phrase “fresh start” into Google on the Internet. It brought up 485,000 links! A lot of people would like a fresh start. They think, “I’ve blown it, I’ve messed up, I’ve really made a mess of things in my life. I’d like a fresh start.”
Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter says, “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven” (1 Peter 1:3-4 MSG).
Several things happen once you give your life to Christ:
1. You open up your life to God and get to know Him.
2. You’re given a brand-new life, which gives you everything to live for.
3. You get a future in heaven.
The way I say it is this: You get your past forgiven, you get a purpose for livin’, and you get a home in heaven. What a deal! Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus. A fresh start!
“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 MSG).