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Spring


Revelations 21:5
- He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

First of all, I hope you’ve all been enjoying the tastes of Spring we've had these past couple of days. Nearly everyone enjoys the Spring. The beauty of Winter is so short lived. Snow is gorgeous, but when the first car drives through it, the white becomes dirty. And for most of us the awe of that blanket of white is overcome by the dreadful cold that comes with it. No matter how lovely it looks, somehow we always know, we can always feel, that underneath it all there is darkness and dormancy.

But Spring . . . Spring holds promise. Spring offers newness and hope. Spring is God's reminder that nothing is ever hopeless.

Our life is often much like the seasons. We have those days that seem so painful or stressful we don't know how we'll get through them. And most often, we dress those days up and make them look pretty. Like a layer of snow makes the Winter look less gloomy, our jokes and smiles hide what's really going on inside.

But with Christ, we have the promise of Spring. In Revelation Jesus says, "Look, I've come to make everything new!" Jesus came to put Spring into our life.

It's not a coincidence that Easter always falls not long after the first of Spring. Easter is Jesus' guarantee of new life. Jesus died and for three days the disciples experienced the darkest days of their lives, much like the short, dismal days of Winter. But on that third day, Christ rose again. He brought life back into those 11 men who thought all hope was gone. Jesus Christ's resurrection and the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost changed their lives forever. From uneducated laborers to bold spokespersons for the Kingdom of God, the account of these men prove that everything they experienced with Jesus Christ turned their world upside down.

And it's not just in the Bible. I encourage you to really talk to someone whose found real life in Jesus Christ. I'm not talking about being good or being a member of a church. Find someone who has experienced Spring in his or her life. Talk to someone who has a real relationship with our Savior.

Even today Christ has the power to make a difference in your life. Paul called it a mystery. Everyone wishes someone could explain exactly how it's done, however, all we can attest to is that it really does happen. Those who completely give themselves to the promise that God has made and believe that Jesus' death and resurrection is all we need to make us right with God, can experience an unexplainable newness. Their life is changed forever.

And that's why we do what we do. The promise of Spring is real, we can feel it in the air. The possibilities life offers when we live in Christ are just as real. We've experienced it, and we don't want you to miss it. There is a fullness of life, a hope for a future, an unexplainable contentment, a newness, because it's Spring! Let’s get ready to take this renewal, this awesomeness with God and share it with others over the coming riding season!

As Christians, we believe we have new life in Christ. We put away the old self and the old ways and start living life anew. We no longer live in the flesh nor desire the worldly desires we once had. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives within us and having that Spirit changes the way we feel and the way we choose to live. We no longer live for self, but live for God and obey Him out of love and gratefulness for His grace and mercy.

Will this be the beginning for you in your relationship with Christ? Are there things you need to change or get right with God? Think about that today.

We were all once as dead men, but accepting Jesus Christ gives us new life. A life in Christ is so fulfilling, full of grace and mercy and hope, one cannot help but throw out the old and embrace the new life abundant in Christ. Nothing compares to the love of God and nothing compares to being alive in Christ. Embrace the new in all sense of the word. Live in the hope.

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 - Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

The 2007 song "Dead Man (Carry Me)" by Jars of Clay makes a clear point. Without Christ, we are dead in our sin, empty and without meaning. Let God carry you into newness of Life in Christ. Out with the old and in with the new.

-Pastor Chris

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