The New and Glorious Day (II) [Awakening Faith]
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
What is this new heaven? It is the cosmos of our faith in Christ. What is the new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest. In
this new creation, the sun is a pure life, the stars are the virtues, the air is pervasive goodness, and the sea is “the depths of the riches of wisdom and knowledge” (Rom. 11:33). The sound doctrine of divine teaching is the grass and plants that feed God’s flock, the people whom he shepherds; the keeping of the commandments is the fruit borne by the trees.
On this day the true man is created, the man made in the image and likeness of God. For “this day the Lord has made” (Ps. 118:24) is the beginning of the new world. The prophet says this day is not like other days, nor is this night like other nights. But still we have not spoken of the greatest gift it has brought us. This day destroyed the pangs of death and brought to life the firstborn of the dead.
“I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God” (John 20:17). What wonderfully good news! Christ, who became like us in order to make us his brothers and sisters, now presents his own humanity to his true Father in order to draw his family up after him.
--Gregory of Nyssa
Awakening Faith: Daily Devotionals from the Early Church
by James Stuart Bell and Patrick J. Kelly
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