new creation in X is an outlet. It lets me discuss various important things. I agree that
“There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with being published. Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is to come to terms with your life narrative. Another is to work through some of life’s hardest knocks—loss, grief, illness, addiction, disappointment, failure—and to find understanding and solace” (William Zinsser, On Writing Well: the classic guide to writing nonfiction [New York: HarperCollins, 2006], 283).
This blog takes it’s name from 2 Cor. 5:17, and the new creation theme that is woven all throughout Scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” What a beautiful thing!
I have used “X” instead of “Christ.” This is for various reasons. Chesterton, gets at part of it for me:
“The cross is a thing at right angles pointing boldly in opposite directions… [and] it …convey[s], almost by a mathematical diagram, the truth about the real point at issue, the idea of a conflict stretching outwards into eternity. It is true, and even tautological, to say that the cross is the crux of the whole matter” (G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man).
History, heaven, and hell all hung in the balance as Christ hung on the tree. What a wild thought that Christ reigned from the cross! All the mythologies and fairy-tales could not conceive of such a beautiful, and yet true, story. As has been often said, history is His story.
Thus, it is not out of disrespect that I use “X” instead of Christ. Rather, I am trying to remind myself that Christ and the cross is the hinge on which everything rests. It is in and through Him that new creation, individual and cosmic, comes!
So, Paul in Colossians:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross” (1:15-20 cf. Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:10).