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God seems to like to talk about new things. When Jesus gave His first sermon in His hometown synagogue,those in the room must have had a sense of it being a new day. Reading from the Torah was not new but His announcement, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” left the people marveling at His gracious words (Luke 4:21). And of course, His words were fulfilled in the following three years of His ministry. The new day had come and praise God, it is still here. Oh Happy Day!.

“New” is not always easy to process. Jesus alluded to that when He said, “No one puts new wine into old bottles” (Luke 5:39). In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was given for specific purposes. When Jesus stood up at the Feast and cried, “Let all who are thirsty come and I will give him a drink” (John 7:37), John the apostle explained that Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit that was yet to be given. The good news is, that same Holy Spirit has been poured out on us and all who will believe (Acts 2:39). Oh Happy Day!

All Christians know the importance of Jesus’ blood. Without the shedding of that blood there would be no remission of our sins. His blood also ushered in a new covenant (Matthew 26:28) described by the Hebrew writer (8:10): “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people”. He ends with, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”. Wow! That is good news for everybody! Oh Happy Day!

Paul begins to put the “capstone” on all things new when he declares “If any man be in Christ is a new creature, old things passed away, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our sinful, stupid past is gone! We stand today CLEAN!

Jesus presents us “faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy!” (Jude 24). If Jesus is happy with me, I am happy with me! Oh Happy Day!

A favorite Christian song is “Oh happy day when Jesus washed my sins away.” We have every reason to sing and if you can’t do it now, He will give you a new song in heaven (Revelation 5:9). At that moment, we will be around His throne, looking into His beautiful face and joined in our song by thousands of angels! Sing it! Oh Happy, Happy Day!!!

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