Listen to this devotional:
Job 19:25 – Still, I know that God lives — the One who gives me back my life — and eventually he'll take his stand on earth. (MSG)
"Remember to turn your clocks forward on Sunday" was a phrase many of us heard repeatedly during the lead-up to Daylight Saving Time. With that notice, we knew in our hearts that spring was just around the corner.
For me, I knew that spring would arrive soon when in my travels in the lower level of the Arcadia Gardens, the gardener was digging small plants in the flower beds. This was followed by watering and the patting of the soil carefully around each plant. With the help of some sunshine, these treasures will soon become a beautiful array of the colours for which Arcadia Gardens has been highly praised by the residents and community at large.
Just as the seeds and plants in the garden grow with tending and watering, so also do our lives in Christ come alive and prosper as we believe by faith in His life-giving Spirit.
When Jesus met Martha, the sister of Lazarus, who had died, He said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25 NASB)
Soon after this revelation, at Lazarus' tomb, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." With that call, Lazarus arose from the grave and came out from the tomb. Many who witnessed this miracle put their faith in Jesus and His life-giving power.
To those of us who are Christians, springtime and the celebration of Easter represent our new life in Jesus Christ, because history records that He arose from the dead, giving us the promise of life everlasting in the hereafter. Those of us who trust in Him no longer have to fear death!
Prayer: Dear Father, we thank You for our new life in Jesus Christ today, and for the promise of the resurrection of our bodies at the last day. We ask that we will experience increased strength of our faith as we consider the real meaning of the celebration of Easter. Amen.