I don’t know about you, but I’m longing for Spring. I long to see the trees decorated with greenery, the fields dancing in the winds, and the flowers showing off their beauty in the sunlight. I long to hear the bees buzzing, the birds singing, and to watch the butterflies fluttering around in silent majesty. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter. I like cold weather. I love cuddling with my wife in the mornings to stay warm, and sledding in the snow with my boys, but I’m ready for Spring now.
God uses the seasons to teach us some remarkable things about life. Spring teaches us a theological truth that fills us with hope and expectation. When fall comes it is so beautiful. However it only last for a short while and then the appearance of death occurs. However, when Spring comes we realize that those trees which appeared dead are very much alive. The fields that seemed lifeless begin to teem with life. It’s a very exciting transformation to watch.
What does God teach us through this? He teaches us an important truth about life and death. It is the same lesson that Jesus taught the sisters of Lazarus but in full color. Jesus told Mary, “though he is dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus is saying, I know it looks like he is dead. His limbs are lifeless, his heart is silent, and his body is decaying, but Mary I am the resurrection and the life, and he who believes in me, though he is dead, yet shall he live. Then Jesus says, “do you believe this Mary?”. This was the same question Jesus asked me when I stood speechless looking at my brother’s body in that casket. I felt Him speaking to my heart through the power of His Spirit saying, “I am the resurrection and the life Toby. Even though your brother looks dead, yet shall he live. Do you believe me?” I can remember it like it was yesterday. I felt peace come over my soul as I mumbled, yeah Lord, I believe.
God is teaching us this same lesson through the seasons. All of us are living in the season of fall. We live in a fallen world that is slowly fading away. We are born dying. The colors are bright and beautiful at first, but it’s not long before they begin to fade. We begin to turn gray and wrinkle up until our bodies are to frail to cling to life any longer. To the eyes of men it looks like winter. It looks like life is gone and death has won. But just as Spring reveals the true nature of Winter, so does God reveal the true nature of death through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Spring all things are made new. This is exactly what is going to happen when God’s people die. All things will be made new. Corruption will put on in-corruption. Mortality will put on immortality. Just think about what that is going to be like. The Scriptures say that all things will be made new. All creation longs for this day. I can’t wait until He comes and takes us home. If Spring is just a reminder that He is going to make all things new, just imagine what it’s going to be like when He does. The beauty and majesty will be a wonder to behold. Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has entered into the mind of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him. But I doubt I will give it more than a glance, if even that. For I will be in the presence of Him, who has holes in His hands and His feet. I will behold Him who mine eyes have longed to see since the day He redeemed me from the pit. I can’t imagine anything being more beautiful than Him. I can’t wait to fix my eyes upon Him who saved me by His grace. What a day that will be when my Savior I see in that beautiful City of Gold.
Even so now, Come Lord Jesus,