The verse says it like this. "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come." Recorded by the Apostle Paul in one of his letters to the Corinthian church, this is the verse from Scripture that gives us the hope to keep on keeping on, in our journey to eternal life.
By virtue of creation, we are a part of Adam's race, human form created by God, in his likeness. It didn't take man long to mess things up as sin enters the picture and man finds himself separated from God. In case you haven't been told, that is the real tragedy of every sin you commit. It builds a separation between you and God.
The mission of Jesus coming into the world was given by Jesus himself, in reading from the Prophets, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free" Matthew 4:18. His mission found you and me when he gave his life on the cross and paid our sin-debt with his blood. Through that sacrificial event, we have the chance to be created again, starting all over, clean slate, fresh and new. We sing, "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!" But it doesn't stop there.
The love and grace of God, involved in everything since the beginning, continues to be extended to cover the sins we commit as Christians. Yes, Christians are sinners, too. As we continue to seek the face of God we live under his grace, loved and forgiven.
We, like everyone else, come to this time of the year thinking of changes we could make in our lives which would make us a better person, more caring for those in need, closer in our relationships, more loving toward others, resolving to be what God wants us to be. He offers newness of life. We should be willing to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.