All week I watched a mockingbird fly in and out of a neighbor’s shrub. It’s building a nest. I know this because it carries little bunches of twigs and grass in its beak. To me this is just another reminder that spring has returned and life is eternal. All nature cooperates to remind us that our Savior lives. And because He lives, we shall too.
Before He raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus said to Martha…
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live. John 11:25 Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Jesus said this, He knew that before the Resurrection lay the Cross on which He would make the ultimate sacrifice of love for us…on which He would abandon Himself to the Father’s Will declaring God’s love and mercy to the world.
For by a man (Adam) came death, and by a man (Jesus Christ) the resurrection of the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:21 (I added the names in parentheses.)
All our sins were nailed to the Cross with Jesus so that we who believe in Him could live in newness and abundance of life.
On our spiritual journey we too must go the way of the Cross. We must abandon ourselves at His feet to receive His mercy and grace. The essence of being a Christian is to abandon Self at the foot of the Cross and take up the Cross of Christ. Only then do we know the Resurrection and the Life.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. Romans 6: 6-8 NKJV
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