We are quickly approaching the beginning of a new season, a season of life. We have come through the dormant months, bare trees, brown grass, etc. If we look closely there are places that life is beginning to spring up through the earth. That reminds us that a change is coming and hope begins to renew expectancy within us.
That is what the Easter season is about, new hope, new life! Scripture tells us in Romans 5:6 & 8, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
When there was no hope that we could be saved, no hope that we could have a better life, God showed us His love in that Christ died for us. Jesus came to bring us that hope and the opportunity to start over, give us a new beginning.
I remember years ago when I was working with a young man, who was serving time in jail for a crime he committed. During his time in jail he gave his heart to the Lord and asked for forgiveness for the crimes he had committed. When he was released from jail he was sent back to Colorado for some crimes he had committed there and was facing a possible sentence in the State Penitentiary of Colorado. During that time I was working with him and the courts sharing with them the change I had seen in him during his time in jail and the possibility of him returning to Nebraska into my custody for a time. One day while I was talking with his attorney and told that the person’s chances of not serving time in the Penitentiary was very slim. The attorney said he (the individual facing the sentencing) had used up all of ammunition and would be serving time in jail. When I hung up from talking to him and I was praying for the young man the Lord just softly spoke to my heart and said “But I have reloaded the gun”. Hope rose in me and as I shared it with the young man to encourage him. Long story short, I went to Colorado to testify at his hearing and he was released into my care and returned to Nebraska to live under my supervision for the time.
That’s the way it was in our lives, we were being held in prison, sentenced by our sin. BUT God in his love sent His son, Jesus, to die for us. Through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection he broke the chains that held us captive and set us free, “reloaded the gun” to speak. Gave us a new beginning, a new hope, a new life, free from the mistakes and failures of the past.
At Easter we celebrate this new hope, new life we have graciously received because of Jesus. This Easter season rejoice in the new beginning, GO AND LIVE THE NEW LIFE WE HAVE IN HIM.
Romans 10:9,10,13 “…if you confess with mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth concession is made unto salvation. For “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”