Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jesus Brings Life

There is hope in a harvest. Seeds are planted. Expectation rises. The same is true with your heart. Jesus causes your heart to come alive, and as you grow new life abounds. He said, "the thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10 Jesus satisfies.

But the first part of a seed's life is hidden. It is under the surface, in the ground. Or like a lotus flower, hidden under the water, waiting. In the bible, they likened this stage to dying and being reborn, a drastic transformation. Christ described His own journey in these terms. "… unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." He told Nicodemus, "unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God … unless one is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

So Jesus speaks and breathes life into us through His Spirit. We are born again. 1 Peter 1:23, "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." Romans 8:15-16 says we did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but we have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Jesus brings new birth into enduring new life. Let us all come alive today.