It’s a whole new ballgame l Worship

By Don Saul, Pastor of Jericho Bridge Church | Apr 17, 2019

Resurrection changes everything! New life, forgiven sins, joy for your hurting soul, even peace in hard times: all available free-of-charge, because of one Savior and one event that changed everything. It’s Easter!

For Pastors, this is the biggie, the championship game, the climax of the story. Two thousand years ago, the destiny of the world hung on one thing: would death hold Jesus Christ in the grave, or would he rise to life, burying our sins forever, away from us as far as the east is from the west? As the single, perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ became our bridge to God the father, our pathway to new life. At Easter we don’t celebrate Christ’s death; we celebrate what happened next.

Spring is sure an exciting time of year! Returning birds, new plants, new birth, baseball, and even ultimate frisbee. There’s new life all around us and an energy in us we couldn’t muster in the dreary winter season. Last month I was struck by the imagery a perennial of ours gave me. It popped right through the snow during our (hopefully) last snowstorm. All around us laid a blanket of white, and in the middle of it … one green shoot! It put a smile on my face. Then I thought about the hope that builds anticipation in us, even though all around us looks bleak and colorless. Resurrection signals a new season. A new season reflects new life.

Not surprisingly, the word resurrection appears quite often in the New Testament. The Greek word is anastasis (an-as'-tas-is), which means a standing up again, literally, a resurrection from death.  Just as a seed planted in Spring is already dead and buried in the ground, it bursts forth with new life as a new creation. When we plant seeds, we have hope that they’ll bloom into something wonderful. If they didn’t, it would just be … a burial.

God uses examples like this in nature to help us understand spiritual truths. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26)

And Paul stated later, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18a)

Isn’t this good news?

We now, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, have the opportunity to step into new life from death, to be a new creation in Christ. I say opportunity there because, honestly, it’s your choice. God gave you a free will to either follow him, or not. All of the sin, all of your pain, all of your hopelessness, can be nailed to that cross, buried with Jesus, never to be heard from again if you choose Christ’s life-changing new beginning and fresh start.

Choose to receive the undeserved love of Jesus Christ and step into life.  Follow the signs of nature in springtime. It is a great reminder of the hope that is ever before us.  It’s a whole new ballgame; resurrection changed everything!

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