It’s the year 1984 in the New Creation

It is now 1,984 years since Jesus died – assuming he died in AD 33. And since the New Creation began the moment Jesus was resurrected from the dead, then AD 2017 becomes “New Creation” year 1984, or NC 1984 in its abbreviated version. So along with living by a calendar with 2017 dates on it, we’re also living by a New Creation calendar with 1984 dates on it.

The starting date of the New Creation year is different, though, because it begins some time in April, rather than January, to coincide with the date of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. We have Jesus’ own words to make that point clear too, because it was right after his resurrection from the dead in Matthew 28:18 that he told his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That was the moment, then, that the New Creation began.

And that’s not such a strange thought when we’ve already divided our history into two distinct eras, BC and AD, both of which recognize the watershed moment of Christ’s arrival on this planet. Any date in any year before Christ’s arrival was labelled “BC” or “Before Christ,” and all dates after his arrival were labelled “AD” or “Anno Domini,” meaning “year of the Lord.” All years since Jesus’ birth, therefore, have been labelled as “years of the Lord” – as if they all belong to him.

It’s a slight miscalculation starting the “years of the Lord” from the day of his birth, however, because they really began from the day of his resurrection. It was from that day that the New Creation under his Lordship began.

So our lives are not determined by dates on an antiquated, man-made calendar that started on the wrong date, and begins each year in the wrong month. Instead, we are living in another year of the Lord and his rulership over this planet. We are living in his New Creation right now, which billions of people acknowledge every time they pray the Lord’s Prayer and the bit in Matthew 6:9 about “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it in heaven.” We pray that because we believe Jesus is establishing heaven on earth at this very moment, that he’s been doing it ever since he ascended to heaven after his resurrection, and that he will continue to do so all through this present year, because that’s what he was given the authority to do. For the last 1,984 years, therefore, Jesus has been making his own Lord’s Prayer happen.

And that’s what gives us cause to celebrate every year since his resurrection, knowing that Jesus is in charge no matter how dark things become.

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Is everyone a “new creation” now?

The idea that there is an “us” and “them,” and Christians are the only ones in whom Christ is working, does not measure up with 2 Corinthians 5:14. “We are convinced,” Paul wrote, “that one died FOR ALL, and therefore all died.” ALL of us, past, present and future, died with Christ, “SO THAT,” verse 15, “ALL WHO LIVE might live no longer for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

Christ took ALL of us with him to his death so that the old life of living for ourselves could be dumped in the garbage. And when he was “raised again” soon after his death, Christ raised us all with him to a NEW life and a fresh start, described by Paul as being “IN CHRIST,” verse 17.

And with that new life we can now “live for Christ” – or live, at last, for what he lived and died for. That’s why, Paul says in verse 16, “we cannot judge ANYONE by human standards,” or by what they look like on the outside, because now that we’re ALL “in Christ” we are ALL a “new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” We’re ALL  reconciled to God (verse 18). Our old life of enmity toward God is in the incinerator burnt to a crisp. We can now experience a whole new life instead. And that includes everybody.

So when looking at anyone, no matter what state he or she is in, we’re no longer looking at what they appear to be, we’re looking at them as they really are. Everyone we know, and everyone we meet, is a new creation in Christ, and because “ALL WHO LIVE” are classed as new creations in Christ, God is “no longer counting their sins against them,” verse 19. Why not? Because, verse 21, “God made Christ who had no sin to be sin for us, so that IN HIM we (all) might become the righteousness of God.”

Christ lived a perfect sinless life, so that “IN HIM” we can all become the same perfect sinless human he is. This is what Christ’s death and resurrection accomplished for all of us. And there was nothing that any of us did, or didn’t do, to make it happen. God was the one who made it possible for us in Christ, so that every person alive can experience a new life with the love of Christ in them.

“For Christ’s love compels us,” Paul wrote in verse 14. Imagine that; a life no longer driven by destructive self-centredness, but rather a life compelled by love. And with Christ in us it’s possible – for everyone.

De-extincting the true, original human being

You mean humans need de-extincting? Yes, because the original human being that God created became extinct in the Garden of Eden.

God did warn Adam it would happen, “for when you eat of it (the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) you will surely die,” Genesis 2:17. You will become extinct, in other words. So the true human being that God created in the beginning died out. It was gone forever, extinct, just like the dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers.

From that point on we could not reproduce perfect replicas of the human being God created originally. That was now impossible for us to do. All we could produce was replicas of dead humans, that would live for a while and then disappear into nothing. Every human we produced would become extinct, never to live again. And how quickly and easily we could become extinct physically as a species too. One massive meteorite hit and that would be it.

We were a species in deep trouble, therefore. Our original form was already extinct. We also faced total extinction by disease and disaster. And what we’d become as the living dead was also killing us, as we turned on each other in hatred and violence. And what was the purpose of all that hatred and violence when we were all going to be extinct at death anyway? It was total madness. We deserved to be extinct.

And that was how things remained for humanity until God sent Jesus to de-extinct us and start the process of restoring us back to life in our original form. No scientist could do that. Scientists can’t de-extinct anything without some of the original creatures’ living cells in existence. And since we didn’t have any living cells remaining of the original human either, it was impossible for any human to reproduce or restore what God originally made humans to be.

We were extinct, and we remained extinct, until “God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions,” Ephesians 2:4-5. It was God who de-extincted us, because only he could. And he “made us alive with Christ.” Christ became the living cell that God could reproduce his original humans in. And from there – “in Christ” – the Spirit gradually transforms us into the total likeness of the perfect human, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Imagine that – being de-extincted back to life as the true and original human being again. And we are the only creatures on the planet this is happening to. No other creature is being de-extincted back to its original form. Just us.