March 20, 2011 Second Sunday of Lent
First Day of Spring
Season of New Life
Synopsis: Are you one of those people who get excited at the beginning of spring? I am! The darkness of winter is giving way to the brighter longer days of dawning. As a result things all around us are springing to life.
Oh yes we still have a few “winters” yet to come. Around here we name them. There is the dogwood winter, blackberry winter, Indian winter and a few others yet to be named, but we know the days of winter are numbered. The few remaining blasts of cold weather cannot stop the onward march of spring. They may nip the blossoms and even kill the fruit of some early trees but winter’s grip on the earth has been lost to spring.
This is the metaphor I want to incorporate into my sermon today. A Season of New Life draws on this relationship of nature to illustrate the new life of believers in Christ Jesus. To be sure, there will be blasts from the old life that will nip at the blossoms of new life in Christ, but they cannot stop the advance of the newness of life guaranteed by the presence of the Spirit of Christ that shines in and through the believer producing fruit of eternal life. Thanks be unto God the Father for the dawning of this new day.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 28:1-7; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 4:17-32