From Death to Life

John 5:24
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

Matthew 16:24
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me"

It was only a few weeks ago that nature was dark, dreary, no color, somber, and just plain looked like death. Winter can really be a depressing time for a lot of people. Since I view depression as a tactic of Satan, I don't except it nor do I allow those feelings to exist in me. All of mother nature looked so desolate and deserted. A lot of animals hibernate during this time of the year, which leads me to think that they too want to avoid the gloomy season.

Over the past couple of weeks, it's like a switch has been flipped. All of nature's beauty has been put on display. The lights have come on. The trees, plants, and flowers have put on their Spring dress and are showing off their splendor. It's as if all of mother nature has moved from death to life. I believe that it is not a coincidence that this is also the same season that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was nailed to the cross and three days later, rose from the dead. This is the same season that He, too, went from death to life. He conquered death and the grave, took the keys of both from the devil, and made it possible for us also to have the opportunity to move from death to life.

Isn't that what the Bible tells us that we are doing when we accept Jesus as our savior and make Him lord of our hearts? We are laying down our lives, leaving the life of sin, denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him to glory. Shout Amen! That's the symbolism of baptism by water. We go down as the old and come up as the new. We are born again, not of flesh, but of spirit. In this miraculous transformation of our hearts and minds, we move from death to life. Comparing this event to the change of mother nature, we move, in our lives, from the season of dreariness, faintness, paleness, dull and nasty into a new season filled with rays of sunshine, hope, and clothed with the colorful beauty of righteousness. In the years to come, when Spring rolls around, let it be a reminder of what our Jesus sacrificed for us and also a reminder of how he brought us, selfish sinners, from death to life.


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