Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new
things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Halloween is the time of year for dressing up and having fun. It is a time of going trick-or-treating,
drinking apple cider, going to parties. It is the most unique of all major holidays, if you ask me. Once again,
we join in the fun as we host our Trunk or Treat. We will see who has the most unique trunk in the bunch.
The highlight of Halloween is, of course, is dressing up. We dress up as princesses, superheroes,
famous people, our favorite career, and ‘pun-filled’ costumes (one year I dressed up in all black and a mask,
with cereal boxes all over my clothes. Can you guess what I was for Halloween? Email me, and you will get
a prize!) For one day we get to be whoever we want to be, or whoever we dream to be one day.
As Christians, we can relate to dressing up for Halloween. Each day we wear a new costume. Every
day we dress up as someone we are not, someone we hope to become. Without our costume, we are weak
and frail sinners. Apart from faith, we can’t even acknowledge that there is a God, let alone believe in one.
We are in desperate need of a costume so we can become something new.
In the verse above from Paul, we read that in Christ we have become a new creature. The old
creature has passed way and the new one has come. In a sense, we could say that in Christ we have been
given a costume to wear that is of who we want to be. We want to be saved. We want to have faith. We want
to be a child of God. And in Christ, we are made new, a new creature. In Baptism, we were given a
‘Halloween costume’ of the robe of righteousness. We are a new creature.
May you enjoy Halloween and all the fun around this time. May we always wear our costume, the
new creature that we are in Christ Jesus.
To HIM be the glory!
Pastor Nathan Grewe