Waking up to the beautiful songs of birds and refreshing morning breezes should prompt an instant release of praise from your lips. Spring is finally here! It is the season of new life. Trees that appeared dead have awakened and stretch towards the heavens with branches full of blossoming leaves. Lawns have returned to carpets of plush, green grass dotted with tulips, lilies, and daffodils. Nature has proclaimed the change from winter, the season of rest to spring, one of new activity.
It is appropriate for the resurrection of Christ to be celebrated in the spring for it is during this season the gift of life is most evident. During the winter seeds lay dormant, tree limbs are bare, and landscapes look desolate. With the return of spring nature reminds us that appearances can be deceiving.
Circumstances in life sometimes seem unchangeable. Solutions that were tried yielded no results. As time goes on the impression that nothing could possibly alter the situation appears real. Stress, depression, and hopelessness set in. But here is a hope that is alive! What appears dead is waiting to be awakened and emerge more vibrant and stronger than you could have ever imagined. In Christ we that living hope, meaning in spite of how lifeless our circumstances may look He has the power to resurrect the dead and restore life.
John 11 gives an example of living hope in the event of Lazarus’s death. Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha were close friends of Jesus’s. When Lazarus became deathly ill, his sisters sent word of it to Jesus in hopes that he would come and heal him. Close inspection of the story reveals that Jesus received the message but did not go immediately to see his friends. The delay in Jesus’s arrival to heal their brother was unbearable for Mary and Martha. Jesus appeared several days later but Lazarus was no longer sick; he was dead. Mary and Martha were overcome with grief at the death of their beloved brother, Lazarus. Family and friends had gathered at the burial site to say their final goodbyes. Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the resurrection and the life.” In this announcement he revealed to them hope had arrived. Though Lazarus had been dead for days when the voice of the Jesus called him, life was spoken into his being and he materialized to the surprise of his family and friends. Hope was living, breathing, and walking!
This hope is alive today. The hope that raised Lazarus is able to release life into all the unresponsive issues you are facing today.
Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself as the resurrection and life in the situations we face today. We believe that You have the power to bring change and restore life to hopeless situations. You are the only solution. Draw us closer to You through this revelation and strengthen our relationship with You, our living hope. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1Peter 1:3 (NIV)