Thursday, April 13, 2006

Resurrection and Spring

My lover spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”

(Song 2:10-13; NIV)

Whether you’ve considered the arguments about the timeframe of the resurrection, and regardless of what you’ve concluded about them, you’ve got to admit, there is something quite natural about thinking of the resurrection in the spring when flowers appear, doves coo, fruit trees blossom, and emotions lift. I don’t know the order in which the thoughts come, but either resurrection reminds me of spring or spring reminds me of resurrection. There is too much new life around not to think of new life (Romans 6:4).

But Jesus didn’t resurrect for me to think about his victory over death on Easter Sunday. He resurrected to change my life – and change my death. Because Jesus resurrected, when I submit to baptism, I am saved. Because Jesus resurrected, I set my heart and mind on things above instead of on earthly things. Because Jesus resurrected, God will give life to my mortal body when Jesus returns.

Nothing is the same. Everything is new. It’s better than the spring! That’s Life at Work!

1 comment:

Lil Ole' Me said...

It is Nichole-

I wanted to say hello and let you know that I am planning on going to Freed Hardeman next semester. I decided that the environment I was in at Northern Oklahoma College was not the environment that I should be in nor around. I have been listening to sermons and to my Sunday morning teachers and some of the things I have talked about with my parents and my best friend Felicia has made my mind decided that the best thing for me to do is to be in a Freed type of environment.

Hope you had a lot of fun at LTC. I know that I did. I miss it, being in college now means I can not participate as a student, but I can still go for fun. Hope you have a good Easter!

In Him-
Nichole Langham