So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)
Finally, Spring is arriving! There is no more beautiful place on earth in the Springtime than in the South! The daffodils begin to bloom, then the honeysuckles and wisteria. The earth shakes off its winter coat, and new life breaks forth.
It is no wonder that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the spring time! People often ask me, “Who determines when Easter is?” It was the Council of Nicaea in 325CE that decided Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the vernal equinox.
As much as we may want to get to Easter to experience this new life in Christ, we would be wise to remember Paul’s words that when this new life comes, the old life passes away. Now, there may be much of the old life that we really want to pass away. You and I could each make a list of the parts of the old life that we need to have pass away…but then there are those others parts that we would prefer to hold on to. As wonderful as new life sounds, sometimes we aren’t sure that we are ready to let go of some of the old life quite yet.
The message of Easter is one of transformation—a huge, dramatic transformation beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. This is the Good News of Jesus Christ. God is at work creating new life. The journey of faith is that we are willing to let the old life pass away so that God’s new creation breaks forth in each one of us and in the church of Jesus Christ! Happy Spring!
May God bless you all,