Fresh Hope – 10th April 2019

Reflecting on the death of Jesus, I got thinking, ‘why did Jesus have to be buried?’ Surely He could have been raised to life on the cross? And why three days dead?

Did you know that after fire has swept over grassland, the surviving grass in fact grows better than it did before? This is because the plant material that didn’t survive is suddenly turned into nutrients, which the grass can now use. More space also means more sunlight, which also promotes growth.

What can be learnt from burnt grass? Sometimes things have to die in order for a new lease of life to come.

The powerful resurrection of Jesus wouldn’t be possible without His death, and for three days, because according to Jewish tradition, a person’s soul/spirit remained with his/her dead body for three days. After three days, the soul/spirit departed. If Jesus’ resurrection had occurred on the same day or even the next day, it would have been easier for His enemies to argue He had never truly died.

For God to bring new in your life, some things have to die. Our salvation in itself is a testament to this.

‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!(2 Corinthians 5:17).

For our new self to be birthed, our old self had to die at salvation.

What in your life now has to be put to death in order for something new to begin?

There is something special about springtime after a long, dark, and cold winter. The longer days, the blooming flowers, the open windows – it really is a breath of fresh air! But in order for the season of spring to come in all its colour and glory, the pervious season of winter had to put to death some plants in order for the new to be birthed.

Maybe for you it is a relationship, a thought pattern about yourself, or an ongoing issue in your life that finally needs to be put to rest, in the tomb, for some new life to come!

Emma Burchell

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