Spring is here…can you feel it? Even chilly days have a different feel than in winter. Maybe it was the meadowlarks first chirping outside my back window, or that I only need to tend the fire in the mornings, not the whole day through. Or maybe it was the fact that I determined to stop making eggnog. Whatever it was, the season has truly changed and I feel it, both outdoors and indoors.
It’s hard to choose my favorite season here in Colorado. Warm summer nights and bright, sunny summer days are hard to beat. Fall brings us indoors and close to each other, yet still beckons us out in the crisp autumn air for just a few more days. Leaves blaze with color, descend from their summer homes, and say hello with a crunch. Winter brings sparkling snow, cozy mornings by the fire, Christmas, and, well, eggnog.
But spring. Sweet spring.
New life begins in spring. And there is nothing sweeter, more pure, more beautiful than new life. When God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed” and it was so on that third day, what joy He must have felt. The first spring, and it was good.*
But before the foundation of this world, before the popping open of poppies and passion fruit flowers and papaya seeds, God had another plan – one to bring new life from death, new hope from hopelessness.** Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave over 2,000 years ago promises and secures new life for all those who believe. Sweet, pure, beautiful, new life.
When Jesus said on the cross “It is finished”, the curtain in Jerusalem’s temple tore straight down the middle. Down. From top to bottom. That which man could not do, Christ did. The death-work which guaranteed our eternal life was finished. His victory over death – His own new life from the sealed grave – sealed our victory over death. New life forever. Spring eternal.
This Easter, Craig and Dusty Shutt invite you to consider the new life available through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and wish you and your family a sweet spring and a glorious holiday.
**Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2