And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. – Genesis 8:6
The Bible does not call it “New Year’s Day” – but here in Genesis 8:6 we have one. At least, it was the first day of the first month in the six-hundred-first year of Noah’s life.
The waters of the flood dried up that day. Noah looked out on a new world. Speaking of this, Peter called the pre-flood world “the world of that time” in contrast to “the present heavens and earth” (2 Peter 3:6f). He also speaks in this chapter of a coming “new heaven and a new earth” (v. 13).
As Christians, we get a “sneak peek” at the new heaven and new earth, the eternal home of righteousness.
How is this, you ask? It is because we are already a part of this “new creation” in Christ Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
What does this have to do with New Year’s Day? Maybe not much – but it is interesting, is it not, that it was on New Year’s Day that Noah saw his new world.
On New Year’s Day, many people want to see a new world for themselves. Most realize this means they must change – so they make New Year’s resolutions about how they will change and make this happen.
It does not happen, though, except in Jesus. In Him, I am a new creature of the new heaven and the new earth. Am I walking in Him? Am I letting Him give me His new life?