Happy New Year!
Thursday, March 26 is the first day of the new year for 2020. Oh yeah, who says so!
God, in Exodus 12:2, and that’s good enough for me. It’s Nisan 1, and odds are it’s going to be a glorious day to enjoy the ride.
God’s days begin at sunset rather than midnight, and here while the whole world is wringing its not-washed-enough hands, God says tonight is the night to ring in the new year!
Rather than the dead of winter, life is springing forth. Our gravel driveway is sporting a glaze of green sprouts. Daffodils are showing off. Trees are budding.
Yes, physical glory, but the real story is spiritual. Nisan 1 is not a Holy Day, but
It signals that God’s Holy Day season is close at hand
Keep reading in chapter 12 for the thrilling life-and-death saga in Egypt in 1446 B.C. that instructs us today.
Passover is Tuesday night, April 7. Those fixated on washing hands will focus their attention in this solemn service on washing feet. Also on the crucial importance of the body and blood of Christ.
The next night, Wednesday, April 8, is the Night To Be Much Observed. That night starts the seven Days of Unleavened Bread lasting through April 15.
But on this day of God’s New Year, I like to remind myself of this: “I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.'”—Minnie Louise Haskins, broadcast by King George VI in 1939 at the beginning of World War II.
What will you do about God’s New Year?
You should give it some serious thought because it’s all about a completely different way of life than the one satan has deceived the whole world about (Revelation 12:9). God for now is shepherding only a “little flock” (Luke 12:32). His way is the narrow path that only a few find now (Matthew 7:13–14). God’s way is completely different from what everybody else does.
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried”—Gilbert K. Chesterton.
We still have about two weeks to examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28)—not to come up with empty resolutions we already know we will soon break, but to be ready to “eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
When God hands us wondrous knowledge even as simple as what day He considers to be the New Year, let’s not drop the ball!