New is often better than the old.
Two hosts of a car review show compared a 2020 version of a car fresh from a total redesign with a 2020 model from a different manufacturer several years into its current design.
One reviewer remarked on how dated the older design was. He had loved it three years before, but the competing car was newer, fresher, with all the latest tech and gadgets.
What’s new had replaced what’s old.
Another show about cars had the host driving celebrities about in classic cars. One guest asked if the host wasn’t worried that the car didn’t have the latest safety features, like airbags, antilock brakes, and proximity sensors.
What’s new had replaced the old.
Restomods take old cars and install the latest performance and safety features under the classic sheet metal. Restored and modified, better than new. We can have all the bells and whistles beneath the gleaming skin.
You get the idea.
Read the Master’s words in John 13:34:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Forget an eye for an eye. No more Old Covenant penalties. A new, updated model had arrived on the showroom floor: Jesus.
Jesus’ new commandment said the old accoutrements were no longer up to date. Toss them out! Kick them aside! They no longer work for the modern Christian!
We must not only look like a Christian, attending a trendy church and memorizing faddish scriptures, but we must have our airbags, antilock brakes, and proximity sensors in place.
We must have our love for one another fully updated, turned on and ready to use at a moment’s notice.
Jesus updates us to his best version when we believe on him.
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