Spring is a wonderful time of year, grass is starting to green up, flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are budding, and my nose is going crazy from the wonderful Oklahoma allergies. But despite the allergies, I still really enjoy Spring because it reminds me of renewal. The power in fresh starts, new beginnings, new life.
Today on Easter Sunday, we put an extra emphasis on the resurrection of Christ. Friday he was crucified and place in a tomb, like any other person that dies. Saturday the body was still in the tomb, but on Sunday things completely changed. What was once dead was now alive. The body resurrected! Death did not have the final say!
The same is true for us when we become a Christian. We put to death our old self, we are buried in a tomb of water and we resurrect out of the water as a new creation. We are given a new life in Christ. And just like every spring when plants that were once dormant come back to life and have a new beginning, we too have a new beginning in our walk with God.
Another great thing about this new beginning is we can continually have this new life. God is a god of forgiveness and fresh starts. If we feel like we’ve gone astray or haven’t been walking with God as we should, we can turn back to him and have a new beginning once again.
Let us rejoice today and every day in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death was conquered that day and continues to be conquered in all of our lives every day. Praise God!
"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
- 1 Corinthians 15:55