Spring is a time of rebirth.
An Amish student once told me he knows spring has arrived when the red-winged blackbirds return. Each year, around the end of February, I start scanning the roadside for the miniature sentinels as I drive to work. I usually spot them soaking up the sun in the early morning hours.
After a particularly cold winter, I spotted a red-winged blackbird perched atop a small brush-like tree as I was on my way to work. The next morning, I was even more ecstatic to see not one but many red-winged blackbirds stationed every few hundred yards like little soldiers at their post. I knew winter was on its way out and spring was just around the corner.
I like spring because it brings new life. Daffodils and crocuses emerge through cold, hard ground—splattering hues of yellow, purple, and pink against the dingy remains of winter. Colorful buds burst open on grayed tree limbs, clothing them in knobby splendor. Twittering bird choruses fill the air as they reunite after venturing north to their summer homes. Raccoons and skunks forage for food after waking from their long winter naps.
Spring is also the time to celebrate Easter. Easter is a celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross as the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins. When He was buried in the tomb, our sins were buried with Him. When He rose from the grave, He brought us new life. Giving our lives to Him results in having our sins cleansed.
Starting afresh brings hope and healing. Death holds no power and is swallowed by eternal life. The best part is not having to wait for winter’s end. Our new life can start right now.
This year, as spring unfolds, celebrate Jesus’ gift of new life—eternal life—by believing in His death, burial, and resurrection for the payment of humanity’s sins.
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