Spring is Here
Dare I say it? I know spring actually began like two weeks ago but it has only occasionally felt like it. Last night I lay in bed listening to the first real thunderstorm of the year and this morning as I was completing my daily Bible reading I heard birds singing and chirping on the back deck. Colleen and I walked around the house yesterday and looked at all the flowers beginning to bud and the thought crossed my mind that I need to get the lawn mowers running. In Song of Solomon 2:11 – 12 we read, “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” Okay, so I haven’t heard any turtles but yes, spring is here!
So here are some thoughts as we shake off the cold, snowy days of winter:
SPRING IS A HIDDEN FORCE: It is hard to believe that anything in nature can live again after winter withdraws the ice and snow of its deadly hand. For you and I it may be hard to imagine that a cold, icy heart can harbor any life. But each person has a soul that cannot perish from existence. In every soul there is a hidden life that will come forth from the ground when Jesus returns “some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
SPRING REVEALS THE LIFE – GIVING POWER OF GOD: There is no other way to explain the phenomenon of springtime than the omnipotence of God. Those who claim there is no God ignore the clear and overpowering evidence that exists in creation (Romans 1:20). “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). The same remarkable power of God was seen in the resurrection of Jesus and is the only hope we have for an eternal life with Him in heaven.
SPRING I S A TYPE OF OUR RESURRECTION: The same Lord who promised the yearly return of the birds, flowers, and warm summer breezes also promises a resurrection of the dead of those who die in Him (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). The great and mighty power of God will be displayed that one last time when Jesus comes again.
I think everyone I talk to after a long winter says that they are ready for and eagerly anticipating spring. How I wish everyone had the same enthusiasm and earnest expectation for the coming of Christ. Are you ready for the eternal spring that Jesus will bring with Him on that last day? Prepare today by repenting of your sins (Luke 5:32), confessing Jesus as God’s only begotten son (Matthew 10:32 – 33), and being baptized for the remission of all your past sins and to be added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:47). Then be faithful and prepared to enjoy the Son for all eternity.