I am a person who loves analogies to help explain God’s working in the lives of humanity. And so of course, upon reading that “new” tea was made from old tea, my brain started searching for an analogy. But can we, as Christians, be compared to this so-called “smouch” (the “new” tea)? II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV) The tea leaves are still the old leaves, just made to look new – no doubt deceiving to the undiscerning eye.
It has occurred to be before and again strikes me now that we cannot find the perfect analogy for the mysteries of God’s plan of salvation for His chosen people. There is no such thing. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33, ESV) If we were to try to come up with a plan of salvation for ourselves, no doubt we would be just as lost in our sin as all humanity has been since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. Praise God that He has not left us to our own devices, but has entered our fallen world in the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus! Through the sacrifice of His blood, we are made clean, made into a new creation!