Sunday, November 25, 2007

New Leadership

New leadership, the stale and poisonous old regime decisively swept away and left in disarray, a bold and exciting new plan for our future, a huge task ahead, the horizon filled with hope.

Kevin Rudd? Of course not. I'm talking about Jesus' victory over the forces of destruction, his plan to make all things new, the task of love and the hope of new life. O happy day!

15 comments:

geoffc said...

But could we still say it's "new" leadership?

byron smith said...

New every morning.

Dave Barrie said...

It just so happens that the title of my sermon for this Sunday (which I chose long before I new the date of the election) is:

Jesus Announces Regime Change
fyr

Dave Barrie said...

oops, I mean knew not new and I have no idea what fyr means I think I just leant on the keyboard

geoffc said...

"New every morning."

What does that mean though?

Does sound nice though.

geoffc said...

I wish I could delete one of those "though"'s... :-(

byron smith said...

What does it mean to say that Jesus' leadership is always new? Not that he is forever changing his mind, eternally indecisive, but that he is eternally renewing, that his good gifts never become stale. Like the mercies of God, which are new every morning (Lamentations 3.22-23), Jesus' rule never runs out (his kingdom will have no end - Luke 1.33). Ironically, the ever-new is an image of stability. Yet God's redemption is also always the 'new' thing promised in Isaiah 43.18-19. Life from the dead (both literally and metaphorically) is both restoration (continuity with the old) and novel transformation (discontinuity: new!). And so the message of Jesus is good news - it breaks through the dreary depressing sameness of sin with the promise of a new day. Every morning is a reminder of that coming new day, which is already dawning (Romans 13.12).

I wish I could delete one of those "though"'s... :-(
Blogger, in its mercy, allows you a fresh start to your comment through the destruction of the old (and so the new is a replacement; the old, abandoned). God, in his mercy, allows you a fresh start to your life through the death and resurrection of the old: the old has become the new.

byron smith said...

PS That's why we speak of the new testament, rather than the 'slightly less old' testament.

byron smith said...

I have no idea what fyr means I think I just leant on the keyboard
I have assumed it might be something like 'for your records' (like FYI). :-)

byron smith said...

Dave, what's your passage for this Sunday? Mark 1.14-15?

Dave Barrie said...

Mark 1:14-15 would certainly fit and I am planning to mention it, but my text is Matt 21:1-22.

Perhaps "Jesus Enacts Regime Change" would be a more accurate title but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

Moffitt the Prophet said...

That's great Byron!

byron smith said...

I put a sign up at church today along similar lines:

Bold leadership
Positive vision
Hope for the future
Jesus

Maybe I should change "Positive vision" (a little vague) to "A fresh start", which also makes the link to the election a little closer.

Christopher said...

Maybe I should change "Positive vision" (a little vague) to "A fresh start", which also makes the link to the election a little closer.

I don't know, I think 'positive vision' is closely tied to the election - vague, catchy, sounds nice, but what does it actually mean. Much like K.Rudd's acceptance speech.

Maybe you could change it to - Vision Revolution.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Well, I knew you were talking about the Rule of God, but I still want to congratulate all Aussies on Labour's victory (with decided Green help thanks to instant run-off voting). The New every morning leadership of Jesus in the Rule of God is far more important, but I think a Labour victory represents a good change in terms of such penultimate concerns as earthly government--especially if Rudd ratifies Kyoto and otherwise tackles global warming as promised.

It gives me hope for us in the benighted USA.