New Year Celebration: New Years And The Believer In Christ – Pastor Chukwuemeka Asiegbu

New Year Celebration Very Eventful:

New Year CelebrationNew Year celebration is an eventful celebration that is pivoted within a zealous and energetic mentality. There is so much demonstration of zeal and energy in the New Year celebration. This is emanating from whatever the previous year in focus must have offered the celebrant either positive or negative.

The New Year celebration becomes such an exuberant celebration because many of the celebrants who felt that the previous year in focus did not bring in anything better in their lives would never want to have the same experience(s) in the present year in focus. Hence, their celebration of the present year in focus is with positive and revelation knowledge mindset.  A revelation knowledge mindset which is a product of the individual’s imagination of better and positive things to come.

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Nobody would want those appalling impediment, frustration and discouraging situations that took place in the previous year to repeat itself. Therefore, it is not out place seeing people celebrating the New Year with tears rolling down their faces. This expresses how joyous they are escaping all the ills that took place in the previous year. In a way to prove how hopeful they are in the fulfillment of their expectations, the celebration must be powerful.

This is overt in the colourful and ostentatious manner they celebrate the New Year. However, the bills in making all the things available run higher notwithstanding the pecuniary hardship of the previous year! In order to usher in the New Year, the fireworks must be there, the streets and houses must be painted. And parties, pomp and sightseeing is mandatory if not one is celebrating from a weak standing. This is because New Year’s first impression matters.

New Year Celebration Messages:

And in some countries the executive arm of the government issues what is called the New Year messages. Note, that these messages are mere mouth action without psychological or spiritual impact in the life of the citizenry.

On the other hand, the New Year celebration has lots of myths and unfounded beliefs surrounding it. Many believe that in the first day of the New Year one should not have any misfortune.

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The occurrence of such would depict ‘bad luck. The assumption is that such sorrowful occurrences will continue in the life of the individual through the year in focus. Others believe that they must put on a new cloth or material. This is an indication that their life will continue to be freshly throughout the year in focus. And among the male folks, many of them visit the barber to barber their hair.

This implies that they have mourned the previous year and have come into the New Year with fresh hair growing. Yet, some will make sure they have good food cooked in their houses that first day of the New Year. Again it implies that they will have enough good food to eat throughout the year running. And among many, it is a taboo to say tacky and worthless words out of their mouth. This is because such words will accompany them throughout the year in focus.

New Year Celebration And Resolutions:

Also there is this avowal called the ‘New Year Resolution’ among people. It is a form of decoration of new agendas and characters. It is seemingly different from the resolutions they have previously that didn’t produce better results in their lives. This is born out of some kind of ecstasy generated from the feeling of better things to come. Therefore nothing should be allowed to dent their chances of getting those things in the New Year. Regrettably, as the ecstasy of the New Year continues to wane off, the old man in them gradually resurfaces.

However, there are several people who the previous year in focus favoured. They had their expectations met, and they had blissful business outcomes, smooth marriages, warm friendships, mouth watery co-operate association deals. And those in politics have great political achievements. Therefore, ending on a note like that means that these categories of people are not in any way against the previous year.

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In fact they remain grateful and would like that it doesn’t come to an end. Here, the celebration of the New Year is a way to show that they can be able to shape the past achievement. And such sureness will thrust them into a greater level of achievement in the present year in focus. So, many massively celebrate the passing year in the New Year to appreciate the previous of its benevolence to them.

The Intention In The New Year Celebration:

They celebrate the New Year with the intention that it will bring in more and better fortunes to them. The same way many heavily mourn the passing year in the celebration of the New Year. This is with the intention that whatever negative thing that happened will not repeat itself in the New Year.

Hence, their celebration of the New Year is with great expectation of good tidings on their way. However, the question is, is there actually anything like Old Year or New Year? Technically, the answer is no! This is because on the surface there is no difference between thirty first of December 2018 and first of January 2019. Both are days and as usual both wanes up as every other day that come into existence does.

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Therefore, the creation of the calendar years is just manmade and they exist in the sensory realm of man. This implies that the existence of years is technically fictional. A Christian or better still a believer in Christ, he or she doesn’t exist in any year rather in Christ. In Christ is a place the believer dwells and he or she receives a New Nature that is irreversible. See 2 Corinthians 5:16-18. The believer lives and operates his life in Christ because there he has his being established. Also, see Acts 17:28. The verse quoted doesn’t say in December, January or any other month we live move and have our being.

Where The Believer Is Located:

However, it says in God we live move and have our being. In verse 18 of 2 Corinthians chapter 5 it states that everything about the believer is found in God. So the existence of the believer is rooted in God. Therefore no external forces should play any role in the welfare or well-being of the believer.

And no wonder Jesus made this declaration in the gospel of John chapter 17 verses 16

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

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The word world here means the organizational structure of the world put in place to run man’s activities here. Do Christians work with the system? Yes, but are they of the system? No. Reasons see 2 Corinthians 3:5, Psalm 68:19, and Philippians 4:19 and Psalm 112:1-3. You may ask questions like, is it proper then for Christians to celebrate the New Year Day? Well, the answer is an emphatic yes! Reason the New Year Celebration Day is just like every other day the Lord has made and given to man. Therefore when we wake up each day we echo the words of the psalmist

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

The Christians should be the most rejoicing set of people on this planet earth that very day. This is because it is the day the Lord has made and we should rejoice and be glad in Him. The Christians are not rejoicing because of the New Year Celebration Day but because of their placement in Christ. Christ is the day for each believer.

The Day Is Christ:

The book of Hebrews puts it better this way

“Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus (Joshua) had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

(Hebrews 4:7-9).

Christ is that day every believer has entered and has rest.

Therefore, on the New Year Celebration Days we celebrate Christ. This is because in Him we live, and move and have our being! That is why actually the believers do not have anything called the ‘New Year Resolution’.  The reason is because the place of the believer is a perfected place and he has been perfected in Christ. See 1 Corinthians 1:30, Colossians 2:10, 3:3, Hebrews 10:14.  Anyone that has come into Christ will not fathom how the desire of doing negative things dies in him. He just sees himself living above such characters because he has come into a perfected environment. The steps of the believer are ordered by the Lord.   Praise God!

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