2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come.

     A few days ago Cassie was talking about her young grandson, Preston.  On the evening before Easter, Preston’s parents helped him plant jelly beans in a pot of soil.  On Easter morning Preston was delighted to discover that his jelly bean pot had miraculously sprouted into lollipops.  This is such a cute story that it needed to be shared.
     The story that Cassie shared is one of transformation, jelly beans becoming lollipops. While jelly beans do not really transform there are transformations that are real.  One of the greatest transformations is the change within a person when they accept Christ as their personal savior.  Second Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that, in Christ, we become new creations.  
     As a new creation in Christ we become a member of the brotherhood of fellow Christians.  As new creations we begin to enjoy living in the freedom of the Holy Spirit rather than remaining in the entrapment of legalism.  By accepting Christ, and becoming a new creation, we begin to be transformed into the image of Christ.
     As a new creation in Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, are given Spiritual gifts and receive salvation.     Let us rejoice in being a new creation through the power of the Holy Spirit.