The Resurrection, Beginning and End

Resurrection is part of life. Even the secular man has to admit that.

In the winter the tree dies. In the spring it returns to life. Sure, the humanist can explain it by means of sunlight, temperature, and sap flow, but look at the tree. It was dead, and it bloomed once again.

Observe the flower. We have our first cold snap. The flower is wilted and the leaves burnt. Yet, we don’t pull it from the ground. If we leave it, seeds will scatter, and new plants will cover our planting beds in the spring.

It bears repeating: Resurrection is part of life.

Genesis 1:1-5 gives us our first glimpse into God bringing new life out of nothing at all.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”

Romans 6:4 tells us the resurrection given to Christ is available to us all.

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

1 Corinthians 8:6 reminds us there is one source, and that our resurrecting power comes from God, alone.

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

1 Corinthians 15:21 reveals that without Jesus, we will remain dead in sin, but by Jesus, our new life is assured.

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.”

1 Corinthians 15:22 connects the beginning to the end, from the start of all creation, to the resurrection of our souls to live eternally with Christ our King in heaven above for all eternity.

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

The natural world screams out the truth of Christ. What’s dead can be made new again. Even seeds can be reborn after thousands of years in storage.

As believers in Christ, we will know new life, no matter how many years we lie in the grave. It’s a spirit thing, to rise to meet our Savior in the air. He will be the source of our resurrection, beginning and end.

If we’re planted deeply enough in Christ, we’ll rise again in the coming of the spring.

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