Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Life

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

Yesterday was the first day of spring.  And--although we had a very mild winter in the Midwest-- the sounds, smells, and sights of spring are just as amazing as ever.  During this time of year, many find themselves basking in the simple joys--a blooming flower, a chirping bird, a warm sunny day.  There is so much "new life," and it makes us rejoice in our loving Creator! 

Springtime is a season of change, and a season of miracles.  The Scripture verse above describes it well: "The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  At the beginning of Lent, we look at the brown grass and bare branches of the trees and quickly remember how we are dead in our sins.  Our flesh is weak and hopeless without Christ.  During our Lenten journey, we are humbled by the reality of our sin.  It separates us from God, and sentences us to death.  Yet, as we approach the events of Holy Week, we are reminded that Christ's death on the cross paid for our sins.  Christ's life, death, and resurrection not only redeems us, but also restores our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Just as God gives renewal of life to the earth during springtime--daily our "old Adam passes away" and we are made "new in Christ."  God redeems and restores us into a new existence; we are re-created as a person of faith in Jesus Christ to live in and for Him alone.   

Springtime truly is a season of miracles.  May we both enjoy and thank our Creator for all of the beautiful, simple gifts He gives to us during this time of year.  But, most of all, may we praise Him for the most humbling and amazing gift He has given to us--the gift of His son, Jesus.  For it is in Him alone, that we have new life--life eternal!

Heavenly Father~ We thank You for your beautiful creation.  As we experience the joys of it during this special time of year, may we never forget to rejoice in the new life You have blessed us with.  We are humbled and grateful for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, which makes our new life possible.  In His name~Amen.

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