New Year’s Day – 2022
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” – Hebrews 13:8
Today is unique in many ways. Today is unique in its calendar newness. It constitutes the first day of a new month as well as the first day of a new year. The beginning of the new year was marked with celebrations. The “ball drop” in Times Square signified the appearance of the new year. There are 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles in the 11, triangles with the 875-pound ball and they combine to convey specific good wishes to everyone in the new year. There are seven increments of 192 triangles with each increment highlighting seven specific goodwill wishes. The largest increment, 1,152 triangles highlight the wish of the gift of imagination for the new year.
The “ball dropping” and fireworks celebrations celebrated the new year’s beginning and most of us are today celebrating “New Year”, even at the table, featuring every tradition from boiled cabbage, black eyes peas, collard greens, to sauerkraut and pork! Many of us will be stuffed and have heartburn before the day is over but will still enjoy our January 1st, 2021. This is day one but 364 remain and, quite possibly, some of those days will not be “happy days” for everyone!
Not all people possess the resources needed to cope with the realities of life on a day-by-day basis with all of the daily stresses. The greatest resource is spiritual and is given to those who have a saving relationship with the One who is the “Ancient of Days” and also the “same yesterday, and today, and for ever”! Today, January 1st, 2022, Jesus Christ is the same as He was yesterday and forever. Regardless of how the remaining 364 days turn out, Jesus is still good, faithful, loving, and true. He shares His goodness with His people. The days, which make up this new year, may include hurt and pain but all days, years, and eternity are under the guidance of the immutable God whose character and ways are perfect.
We have been blessed to be alive today on this historic day. We who know the “Blesser” in salvation, have every reason to declare this New Year’s Day as Thanksgiving Day! The dark days ahead in this new year do not dim the light of the presence and consistent character and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. His “sameness” offers security to God’s people who know that the New Year’s holiday, celebration does not cancel out the daily challenges of the year. Our trust and “happiness” are in the One who is the same!