Easter is about New Beginnings
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” Romans 8:11
When we get familiar with things they tend to lose their real value and punch. As we come into another Easter let’s ask God to show us all the new beginnings we have in our lives because of what Jesus did through the cross and His resurrection.
The old has gone, the new has come
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Cor 5:17) Through Jesus death and resurrection we are now new creations. The word for new is kainos meaning unused, fresh and new in regard to form and quality. Whether you have been a Christian since your childhood or you have only recently become one, each one of us needed to become a new creation. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21) Because Jesus bore our sins on the cross and endured the penalty we deserved we are now righteous before God. We are now “fresh and new in regard to form and quality” before God. Of course we are still growing into our new identity but we can live today without shame, fear of death or guilt knowing we are completely accepted before God because of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
Today is the first day of the rest of your lives
There was a popular expression around some years ago “today is the first day of the rest of your life”. As a child I used to look at that sticker on one of the doors and think “of course it is what else would it be” and not really get the deeper meaning. “The same spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.” Romans 8:11. The reality is that every day with Jesus resurrection life in us we can start afresh. Whatever regrets we have or mistakes we made yesterday or any other days before in our lives, we are able to know that through us cooperating with the resurrection life of the Spirit of God in us we can have a fresh start today. In one day you can do even one thing differently than you did it the day before and it will start the process of change. For example, if you seem to always be saying “I wish I had done this”, there is always something you can do today with God’s help and wisdom to see change.
Carpe Diem - Seize the Day!
There is a great quote in the film Dead Poets Society by the teacher John Keating, a character played by Robin Williams; "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." He said this to a group of teenage boys who could easily have just drifted into safe careers chosen for them by their parents or simply have fitted into the mould of what their social set expected of them. He challenged them to be brave enough to be whatever was in their hearts to be. How much more powerful this challenge is when lived out by those who have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead living in them. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think according to His power that works in us (Eph3:20). As we “seize the day” we know that because the Spirit of God is within us our potential to be extra extraordinary is within our reach. God has greater plans for us than we can imagine, to bless us and to make us a blessing in these difficult times.
May we all have even greater revelation of how Jesus death and resurrection has impacted our lives and enter into the extraordinary things He has for us in the coming months,
With our love and prayers,
Pastors Phil and Caroline.