I am ready for Spring and I know I am not the only one! Honestly, I am a four seasons kind of guy. I love them all in their time and place but Spring always holds some special things.
Opening Day of Baseball
Warmer temperatures that replaced winter snows
Renewed life in flowers, plants, and trees
Hunting morels (hopefully finding morels)
Fresh green grass and the first mow
Preparation and planting of the garden
A return to outdoor campfires
I could probably go on with other things but the main idea is new beginnings, renewed life, and hope. Some of the things in our garden will come back after appearing to be dead all winter while other things have to be replanted every year. For baseball fans, maybe this is the year your team will make the playoffs. Spring brings the anticipation of life and hope from the cold of winter.
We have a greater hope that comes from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover. But even more astounding is the Scripture passage from Ezekiel 14 that would have been read on the Sabbath following Passover and the death of Jesus.
1The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophecy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
I want you to picture yourself as one of Jesus’ followers on the third day after he died. On the Passover Sabbath, you heard the Ezekiel passage read as it is always read on this particular Sabbath. But now it is the third day and you start hearing rumors that Jesus is alive! Could it be true, just like in Ezekiel, has life been breathed back into the bones and body of Jesus? Have the words of Ezekiel come to fruition?
Our hope and joy in life come from a much stronger and much deeper place than we can even imagine. The same power that restored the body of Jesus is the same power that is alive in all of us who have accepted Jesus Christ and who now follow him as a disciple. I pray that this brings you great hope, encouragement, and peace.
This is where a new hope and a renewed life come from. Spring is for me, a pale reflection of the real hope found in the resurrection of Christ. Dry bones being made alive!
Life is hard
This hope is real
Live in hope!