There is possibility in beginnings. The potential of sweeping positive changes just around the bend. An incalculable hope. Sometimes tempered by a feral subconscious dread that things could swing wildly out of control, that the whole of creation could be thrown out of sync in the span of one poor decision—because it’s happened before. Each new beginning brings its own struggles along with its joys. Nothing beautiful and new is birthed without pain.
In the beginning God Elohim created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth.
This month we see the first beginnings—the creation event, God’s loving consideration of His creature’s happiness, the ordering and provision for the earth’s cycles—and we see failure. But as is the case with God, and with life, slippage is neither the sum of an experience nor an end of a story.
Dealing with failure is the story, and always has been.
In Matthew, we see a different beginning. If the whole Bible up to this point has been humanity dealing with its own failure, Matthew begins the story of God dealing with humanity’s failure, once, completely.
This month we begin a new year. We begin a new reading plan. We begin the stories of Man v. Sin and God v. Sin. We get a clear look at failure, and we get an astonishing look at the One Who Overcomes.
She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus [The Lord is Salvation], for He will save His people from their sins.”