Celebrating new life
As I walked to the church this morning, the warm sunshine caused me to look up towards the radiant blue sky. When I gazed above me, I realized that seemingly overnight the trees had burst forth into full bloom. The barren tree branches of winter suddenly had filled with the new life of red, pink, yellow, white and green buds or flowers.
I breathed slowly and deeply inward, taking in all of the fresh springtime scents around me. Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, especially these few special days where this dramatic change occurs. All that once seemed dead now is most certainly alive!
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul depicts the amazing wonders of new creation.
Verse 17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
When reading scripture, a word like “therefore” catches our attention. The significance of this single verse becomes much more enriched as we discover the theme of the overall passage.
In 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Paul describes the ministry of reconciliation. The Good News is that God has a plan for reconciliation.
Throughout all of history, human beings have made choices that hinder our relationship with God: sin. Approximately 2,000 years ago, God’s Son made a choice to lay down His own life so that humanity could once again have a right relationship with God: grace.
Today, every person has a choice to make. Will I choose to accept, love and follow Jesus with my entire life?
If a person entrusts God with his or her life to become a follower of Jesus Christ, then he or she has been reconciled with God. A person who has been restored to a right relationship with God now must reflect the righteousness of God. All that was once dead is now alive.
Spring is all around us. Signs of new life surround us. Many of us rejoice in the warmth of bright sunshine, beauty of colorful blossoms and glimpse of baby animals.
As we marvel at the gifts of this season, let us also marvel at the gifts of God for all seasons of our lives. Let us rejoice as we are filled with the light of Christ, transformed into a beautiful creation and given new life.
Once we have truly grasped this Good News, then we are called to abundantly share these gifts with others. The amazing power of the ministry of reconciliation is that this gift from God is for all people.
May new life in Christ spring forth all around us! May we fully celebrate that we are indeed a new creation!