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Spring is in the air, and with that a constant reminder of new life. Plants and trees are starting to bud, some even flowering depending on where you live. These all serve as beautiful object lessons of the new life Jesus Christ desires to bring to our hearts and homes. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
As I write this, our church Bible reading plan has been in the book of Romans. (I hope you are still on this journey with us, and if not - that you would consider diving back in or jumping in right where we are. It’s never too late to start reading God’s Word, and to make that a daily priority in your life.) Romans 3 gives a bleak picture of humanity in that we are “all under sin… there is none righteous, no not one… there is none who seeks after God… there is none who does good… their throat is an open tomb (full of impurity and profanity)… the poison of asps is under their lips (violent words)…” Sometimes when reading this, we might conclude (as did Israel of old) that it applies to other people. The reality is, as Paul continues, that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…” It’s here, in verses 21-26, that Paul gives a very powerful and complete plan of Salvation. He tells us that righteousness is apart from the law (v21), that it’s God’s righteousness (v21,25), it comes through faith in Jesus Christ (v22), all have sinned and deserve death (Romans 3:23, 6:23), God does not give people the death they deserve but the free gift of grace which they do not deserve which they accept by faith (3:24,25). Paul establishes the fact that all of this is possible because of the death of Jesus on the cross (v25). He became our propitiation, or our bearer of the penalty of sin. The word literally means mercy seat, and causes us to reflect back to the Old Testament where blood was sprinkled there on the day of Atonement. In His death (by His shed blood), Christ died the death that belonged to you and me.
The good news doesn’t stop there, as we recall from Scripture that He rose again! New life in Jesus can be ours! We too can have a “resurrection” of our spiritual lives. Brothers and Sisters, as you start to enjoy the beautiful flowers and leaves that spring forth these next few weeks and months - may your thoughts be lifted heavenward to be reminded of the new life Jesus wants to bring to you.
Pastor Jon Holland