News Flash! Straight from a mountain top in West Virginia, the fresh green stems of crocuses have sprouted!!! They are a good 4 inches tall! Spring is springing! As I turned to come back inside I told Dollar we had good news to share and before I could even think of who I was going to call and tell – I realized there is even better news! Why am I not calling everyone and telling them that Christ has risen from the dead! That a New Life is here and available to us NOW, on this side of eternity!
“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
For anyone that would, whosoever will, accept Jesus as their Savior, is born again into a new life IN Christ. It is not a “most likely”, “could be”, “probably so”, or “only if you meet these requirements first” born again – it is you are born again! The seed of this new life is not of a corruptible seed, but the incorruptible seed of God planted inside us at the moment we accept the gift of Jesus into our hearts and lives. The “old man” (old self, old ways, old habits, old thinking, and old feelings) gets buried to fertilize/make way for our new life in Christ!
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
[Living as Those Made Alive in Christ ] Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Why is spring exciting? Because LIFE is blooming! In Matt. 22:32 God says He is a God of the living! The earth is coming alive, so to speak, what was dead, through winter, is now being raised back up to new life and we are witnessing it! Maybe we could even say that it is what we were made for, because we were made for new life, we were made for eternal life with God, and we were made for the supernatural. So when we see it happening something inside us connects with it and gets excited. There is hope in spring, there is joy in spring, there is peace and beauty in spring – these are all things we were made to need, we crave it because we were built to experience it! These are all parts of God that we were meant to experience, because we were meant to experience God Himself!
We were built for relationship, to be His Children, and for God to be our Abba Father! It is how we are wired. So many people feel the void of not having God in their life, but don’t understand what the need is, so they try to fill it with so many other things, but nothing other than God will satisfy that need. Something that just struck me about the book “23 Minutes in Hell” is that the people in hell still had the need for God; they recognized God’s Power and Authority, and they recognized that even in Hell God rules. They are not being lied too down there, because the accomplished goal of the enemies lies was to get them down there! There are no illusions of grandeur down there; there is no way to be blinded to the truth down there. They cry out for God’s mercy, they cry out for God to release them, but it is too late down there.
Not so up here! But NOW is the time! While there is life up here, God will answer those cries, and gladly come into your life. Up here is the Good News of Jesus’ saving Grace! Up here we have God’s presence surrounding us daily!! The Grace of God is here right now and strong enough to accomplish all things; saving the lost, forgiving every sin, truly loving others, testifying the truth of God to all who would listen, healing the sick, raising the dead, opening the blinded eyes and so much more that we don’t even know.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
The time is NOW! Spring is here, Resurrection Power is available to each person! A new life is for the taking, if you want it – Ask Jesus into your heart and see all that the new life in Christ holds!
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.