"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5
How pleased we are with something new! Our children's eyes sparkle when we talk of giving them a new toy or book. In this respect, we are all like children. Newness still fascinates the crowd.
I should not wonder, then, if the mere words of my text sound like a pleasant song in your ears; but I am thankful that their deeper meaning is even more joyful. The newness which Jesus brings is bright, clear, heavenly, enduring.
We are ready for a new year. We are glad to escape from what has been for many twelve-months of great trial. The last year had become gasping, coughing, and decrepit, in its old age; and we now lay it asleep. We hope that this newborn year will not be worse than its predecessor, and we pray that it may be a great deal better. At any rate, it is new…
But in some matters "the old is better." There are certain things that to change them for anything else would be to lose old gold for new dross. The old, old gospel is the newest thing in the world; it is forever good news.
In the things of God the old is ever new, and if any man brings forward that which seems to be new doctrine and new truth, it is soon perceived that the new dogma is only worn-out heresy skillfully repaired, and the new discovery in theology is only the digging up of a carcass of error which had better have been left to rot in oblivion. In the great matter of truth and godliness, we may safely say, "There is nothing new under the sun."